Pretty Supr

Posted on Nov 5, 2005

SuprGlu “gathers your content from popular web services and publishes them in one convenient place.” My first thought was that it sounded like another simple feed aggregator. I gave SuprGlu a spin tonight and was pleasantly surprised by both the ease of use and the sense of personal discovery.

Upon sign-up, you’re given a user-friendly URL (emilychang.suprglu.com). It’s simple to select from available sources – add your username from 43 Places, 43 Things, All consuming, Blogger, del.icio.us, flickr, last.fm, LiveJournal, or Xanga – and pull in your latest posts, data or activity. Or, you can opt to add the URL of your RSS feeds. I can see many uses for SuprGlu, but for now, I chose to pull in content and feeds from several of my own sites and online personas, including:

emilychang.com blog feed
eHub feed
artcodes blog feed
del.icio.us bookmarks
flickr photos for artcodes
flickr photos for ideacodes

In a few minutes, I was looking at my SuprGlu page/site. I customized the CSS from one of the themes and soon enough, I was browsing an aggregate of my own activity for the last couple of months. Because SuprGlu displays all of your content sources in a blog format, it gives you an immediate glance at your own “web timeline” – whether that’s bookmarks (grouped nicely as a bulleted list and titled “Links for the day”), blog posts or photos. SuprGlu provides user commenting per “post” and archive links are automatically placed in the side bar. There’s also room for a description and some hard-coded HTML for links.

Rather than acting as a web-based RSS reader or as a personal launch page, SuprGlu acts as a meta-blog of your selected network – in my case, of my own blogs, writing, commenting, bookmarking, media sharing, and general web activity.

For one of the first times, I was able to see many of the disparate parts of my web universe in reverse chronological order. As someone who writes and maintains multiple sites, as well as using multiple web services, SuprGlu’s aggregated site revealed some patterns and connections in my activity that I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. For example, for any given day, I could read the blog post I wrote at emilychang.com, see the photos I posted to Flickr, click the links I had bookmarked in del.icio.us, and see the apps that I had posted in eHub. A birds-eye view into my own head.

This is an idea that Max and I have been working on for internal use, and it’s great to see SuprGlu already offering a hosted version of a similar concept with good execution.

Have a look at my SuprGlu pageemilychang.suprglu.com and visit SuprGlu to sign-up.

3 comments

  1. trovster on November 08, 2005 at 04:10 AM:
    Some how I stumbled on your site, then checked out SuprGlu, and I have to say I’m impressed with both! Ever since seeing “Elsewhere” by Jeremry Keith (http://elsewhere.adactio.com) I wanted some aggregated place to gather all my content from services I’ve subscribed up to. I recently signed up to a lot more, just to grab my nickname, so hopefully I can use these too. I spent last night adding my own style to it and, as you might guess it’s a http://trovster.suprglu.com if you care to have a look! The only gripe I have is the markup… Divitis!
  2. ayesce* on November 29, 2005 at 08:01 AM:
    SuprGlu is pretty hot stuff.  Being your average internet users, it opened my eyes to so much more that’s out there on the web like del.icio.us, flickr, last.fm. i would have never found out or opened up an account on one of these if I hadn’t come upon suprglu that made it so easy.
  3. fred on December 13, 2006 at 01:47 PM:
    Nice idea with this site its better than most of the rubbish I come across.
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