Jack Humphrey at the Friday Traffic Report reviewed content aggregator FeedBite and compared it to FriendFeed, a tool I began using many months ago.
Think FriendFeed but with portable widgets.
Two cool uses for this free feed aggregation service are:
1. Public and private feed mashups you can collect and use for research privately or share with people.
2. The ability to turn any feed mashups you create into mobile widgets you can put anywhere on the web.
I appreciated Jack’s elaboration of the second bullet because one of the things that is lacking about FriendFeed is I can direct you to view my content there but I can’t portalize that content elsewhere.
I signed up for a FeedBite account–and received this welcome message moments later:
Clicking the link at the email’s bottom brought me here, providing detail about signing up for Syndicate Kahuna, an advertising program that would give me more blog visitors in exchange for displaying reciprocal banners, code, or such.
Within 10 minutes, I received a second email:
I’d heard of JohnCow.com from past research into affiliate marketing circles, but I never signed up for an email from him. Moreover, I signed up at FeedBite.com, not JohnCow.com. Jason Katzenback is the apparent entrepreneur behind both sites and assumed I’d want to receive this.
By providing to this website information that forms the basis of communication with you, such as an email address, you waive all rights to file complaints concerning unsolicited email or spam from this website since, by providing such information, you agree to receive communication from us or other marketing organizations. However, all email communication with you shall contain an ‘unsubscribe’ link where you may notify the website that you no longer wish to receive solicitations or information from the website and your name will be removed from the general solicitation database.
I subsequently unsubscribed–and in analogy to a Better Business Bureau report, I felt obliged to blog about my experience.