Like my purple hat? Mobile users get feeds by voice with PimpMyNews

Posted by tom klein February 28, 2008

Not everyone is hanging out in front of their laptop or desktop. They’re on the move. What good is a blog then?

Just as useful as when you’re at your PC, as it turns out. Thanks to Pimp My News, you can get your favorite blogs delivered by voice. Here’s how it works. Simply visit pimpmynews.com/m on your phone to get to their mobile-based site. Choose a story or a category, and then you’ll receive the feed content (that has been converted to voice) as a downloaded file. It just works, meaning that now you can stay on top of everything from politics to Paris Hilton’s latest antics. You can get more customization (like a personal playlist) by signing up for the service, but feeds are also available if you don’t.

So, how can this help you? Make sure that your feed gets converted by sending an email submission to the service. Then, make sure that your fans know all about it. This system works particularly well on the iPhone (I tried it). It’s a little strange at first, but would be a great way to stay connected with your favorite feeds (Yahoo! News, TechCrunch, Perez Hilton). Or, a great way for your customers to stay connected to your news.

This service takes RSS feeds of blog or website content from around the web, routes it through a text to voice translation software and then just repurposes it for people on the go.

If you don’t have RSS on your site or your blog, you should. It’s the easiest way to make your content accessible to all parts of the web or blogosphere - no matter where they might be.

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