While this idea may seem odd at first – think it’s a hell of an idea,
Feedburner, FeedGhost, Onfolio, and others all offer a web-based synchronization mechanism – where you can keep your feeds synchronized between computers. Basically it’s liking having a book that you never need to carry with you, but anywhere you go you can pick it up and open it to the last page you read. It’s a cool feature, and it makes life a lot easier for people like me that routinely use at least three different computers a day. The computer I am using no longer matters – the data is not local, the “chapter I am reading” is stored on the Internet.
So I can quickly get back to where I was before I switched computers.
Here’s the idea – provide this platform – an RSS Syncing platform. You don’t even need to have your own RSS reader. Provide the platform, and provide open API’s. Let any Feed Reader use it – for free. Make your money off the aggregate data you get from the users.
Why would it be cool for me the user? Several reasons… If I was on a borrowed or public computer I could read feeds on Google Reader. If I was at home I could use FeedGhost on my Windows box. If I was doing work for a Linux customer (as I am now) I could use any number of Linux feed readers. If I was doing research I could use BlogBridge (which I love for research but not much as an every day blog reader). And everything would be in sync – always.
And the company that provides the open API would get BILLIONS of hits a year. They would know a LOT of aggregate information that has a LOT of value.
If you build it, I will use it!