Monday, July 21, 2008

FeedBurner BuzzBoost: RSS to Javascript

In my previous post, I had explained how to use the service to convert an RSS feed to javascript so that you could add the RSS to your blog or wiki or webpage. In this post, I'll explain a very nifty application at Feedburner which also allows you to convert an RSS feed to javascript. I first got started using Feedburner because of its excellent email subscription service; so, if you are using Feedburner already, you might also want to take advantage of this very elegant RSS-to-javsacript option, which they call BuzzBoost.

To get started, click on the Publicize tab for the Feedburner feed you want to work on (if you haven't converted your RSS to a Feedburner feed yet, it's easy to do: just go to the Feedburner homepage and follow the instructions there).

Then, from the list of services on the left, click on BuzzBoost.

Then, choose your Settings and Content options (you can change any of these options later on). You can choose to display just the titles of the posts, or the contents, too.

When you are done, make sure you click on the Activate button at the bottom of the screen.

You will then see the javascript code you need to paste into your blog or wiki or webpage in order to display the latest headlines.

(I've posted previously in this blog about the use of javascript widgets like this with,,, plus the Desire2Learn course management system - there are some web environments that do not accept this kind of javascript, such as ning and LiveJournal, but there are plenty that are very javascript-friendly!)

Here's an example of a Buzzboost feed showing the latest 10 posts at Latin Via Fables: