Das Freeware-Programm zeigt Schlagzeilen mitsamt ihrer geografischen Herkunft auf einer Flash-Weltkarte. Autor und Standort
Wer RSS-Feeds mal auf eine andere Art sehen möchte, sollte den Bildschirmschoner ausprobieren. Nicht nur Inhalt und Autor sind ersichtlich, sondern auch der Standort des jeweiligen Blogs.
MappedUp ist gleichzeitig Screensaver und FeedReader.
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MappedUp is an application that will help you track a large number of RSS news sources and displays their latest items on a world map.
Under the hood, MappedUp continously tracks a large amount of RSS feeds. These feeds are represented by a red-to-yellow dot on the worldmap: red means the feed has just been updated; yellow means the feed hasn't been updated in a while. By rolling your mouse over the dots, you can read the titles of all new articles. By clicking a title, you jump to the author's website to read the entire article.
The text balloon automatically scrolls through the latest article titles. Very handy (and good-looking) when you use MappedUp as a desktop screensaver or wall projection, but it might be a bit annoying when you want to interact with the worldmap.
Therefore, the text balloon can easily be turned off in the settings (left-top corner). Also in the settings, you can toggle scaling to let the worldmap fit your screen. From the settings you can also sign in your MappedUp account and view your personal feeds.
An account is your key to personalization of MappedUp. After you've (freely) signed up, you can choose the tags and specific feeds you want to have displayed on your worldmap. With an account, you can also take part in the discussions of this site's news weblog and support forum. Of course you can also add your own RSS feeds to MappedUp
In the feed directory, you can add these new feeds to MappedUp. As with all Web2.0 applications, sharing of information is a key element of MappedUp. The feeds you add to the directory will be available to all other users.
Through the tags you assign to them, users with similar interests will automatically receive news published by your feeds as well! Subsequently, other users' additions will, through the tags, also automatically pop up on your worldmap.
So in sum, MappedUp doesn't differ much from other RSS readers, but it does add a bit of cool and a bit of fun to your daily feed-reading routine. And through the feed-sharing system, you'll receive far more interesting articles than you'd ever receive in a private feed reader.
1.9 MB / Windows All / Freeware
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