Help me test an idea

One of the things I’m dabbling with for VARbuzz.com is a newsfeed page — a one-stop shop for Virginia real estate blogs and news.

***Update: The page is no longer working after migrating to our new host this afternoon. We’ll post another update once we have it functioning again.

I’ve created a test page: www.varbuzz.com/feeds. It shows the concept in action, pulling in the latest posts from about 10 local real-estate bloggers, as well as a lot of real-estate-related news stories from the state, courtesy of Google News.

It’s very much a work in progress, and there are a lot of things wrong. Notably, it looks terrible, but form will come after function. And I’m going to try to craft the Google News search a little better.

The page will show the last 25 blog items (regardless of what blog they come from), and the last 30 news stories. Two frequently-updated blogs have their own section on the right.

Anyway, I’d love you to check it out and offer feedback — blogs that should be included, problems you notice, or any general thoughts. Thanks!

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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8 Responses to Help me test an idea

  1. I’m not seeing anything at the link — let me know when it is working…

  2. Jim Rake says:

    A Great Idea – look forward to the feed! Value added – Matt & FAAR – ru watching?

  3. Interesting way to capture lots of info quickly.

  4. Brian Block says:

    Andrew, great idea!

    I’d love it if you’d include http://www.VirginiaRealEstateNews.net

  5. Very nice! I like the idea of having so many sources together and readable…

  6. Candy Lynn says:

    Love the idea – how do you decide which blogs etc will be included in the feed?

  7. Stevie Benge says:

    Fantastic idea! I think it makes a lot of sense to aggregate all these feeds into a sort of clearinghouse. Having localized info mixed with a bit of national info is a good concept.

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