Dave Winer has unleashed a new project called, Share Your OPML, that makes commons for sharing OPML outlines, feeds, and taxonomy. This is something that many of us have been wanting, and I know many of my readers will find it a great resource. Simply put, Share Your OPML will allow anyone to upload their OPML file, which is basically a list of feeds you subscribe to, and will display them online for anyone to view. Further more, it will use the community of subscriptions to produce interesting data, such as Top 100 feeds, subscribers similar to yourself, and more.

Before I get into any more detail, some of you may not know what OPML is. OPML, which stands for Outline Processor Markup Language, is an XML format for outlines. This OPML format is commonly used with feed readers and aggregation services, such as Bloglines and Rojo, so that one can easily export an outline of all feeds that they are subscribed to. For example, if I were to go into Bloglines and select the export option, I could then save it and send you the OPML file. You would then be able to view all of the feeds I am subscribed to and easily import them into your feed reader of choice (if it supports importing of OPML files). So, essentially, what Share Your OPML will do is create a community of users that share their OPML files for everyone to view and generate interesting statistics and data to help others find feeds that they may want to subscribe to.

I have uploaded my OPML and now anyone can easily see what feeds I am subscribed to. Once submitted, I was then able to access other sections of the site that contain some interesting data. I can view other subscribers that have OPML subscriptions that relate to my own, which in turn allows me to easily find feeds that I may be interested in subscribing to. I also can see that I am, as of now, the 29th most prolific subscriber, which I am don’t know if I should be proud about that or not :-). Also, if you own a blog and you are interested in seeing how many users are subscribed to your feed, you can make a search and it will pull up a list of all your subscribers (that enabled sharing and are users of SYO). Lastly, the feature that everyone wants to see, Top 100 Feeds. As you have probably guessed, this page generates a list of the top 100 feeds with the most subscribers. Looks like Solution Watch made the list! For now, at least. Hope it lasts and thanks to my subscribers!

Share Your OPML is looking great and I for one am very excited about it. It is great seeing so many people share their subscriptions helping others find feeds. As Steve Rubel has said, I too hope that the major aggregators will pick up on Share Your OPML and append it to their services offerings so a user can easily contribute their OPML subscriptions. At this point, Share Your OPML is too feature packed, but it sure is powerful. I hope to see more functionality in the future with possibly subscription management, tagging, or even providing the ability to download an OPML file from users or even the Top 100 list.

View Share Your OPML.


13 Comments on “Share Your OPML”

  1. Chrono Cr@cker says:

    Nice and simple review mate. You really do read a lot of feeds but you have been pushed downwards. Wow, I never realised there would be people who read more than 1000 Feeds. LOL!

    Yeah, the service is simple and does what it should. But I really don’t find the purpose behind this. Hmm… Not sure why! But nevertheless to be part of the community I’ve registered.

  2. Chrono Cr@cker says:

    Oh! And one small thing. Is there any nice OPML Generator around?? I’ve checked out a couple but they want me to find the individual Site Feed URL’s but I’m just too lazy and Bloglines is acting up a bit for me.

  3. Deane says:

    Hasn’t this been around for years and years? I first posted on it over two years ago:

    http://www.gadgetopia.com/post/2313

  4. Brian Benzinger says:

    Chrono – I had some trouble with Bloglines earlier as well, but then it was error on my part. What I had been doing was simply saving the returned page, but it kept returning as an invalid OPML file. So, I then went in, downloaded again, selected “Save as Type:” and picked “All Files.” That worked for me. Maybe you were doing the same?

    Deane – Yes, you are correct. Share Your OPML once existed back in 2004 but sadly broke down later that year. Dave has now revamped it making many improvements and starting a fresh database. Things are looking good, so hopefully things will last ;-). Thanks for bringing that up, Deane. I had forgotten it once existed years ago.

  5. Chrono Cr@cker says:

    Hmmm…Actually bloglines.com/export takes me to a page having only this –
    Bloglines Subscriptions Tue, 09 May 2006 09:37:25 GMT

    That’s all!

    Damn, I need a better feed reader and everything else in the market is worse. :(

  6. Brian Benzinger says:

    Hehe, yep Chrono. Your seeing the correct thing, or atleast that is what I also get. On that page, if you right click, view source, you should see the actual OPML. Just save that page with Save as Type: All Files and then give it a try. Should work out. Let me know, thanks.

  7. Marshall Kirkpatrick says:

    For OPML generation, I like Stephan Downes’
    http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/xml/make_opml.cgi

  8. Marshall Kirkpatrick says:

    I made a post called Seven Uses for Share Your OPML that folks might be interested in as well
    http://marshallk.com/six-uses-for-share-your-opml

  9. Brian Benzinger says:

    Great post, Marshall! Thank you for sharing :-)

  10. Chrono Tron >> World Wide Weblog says:

    The Power of OPML Sharing…

    If you’ve been tuning into the blogosphere 2.0 for the past 20 hours, you probably will be seeing one phrase/service-name all around you and it’s absolutely hot now. When I say hot, I mean it, with a big capital “H”. And that is…

  11. matthew says:

    Hi Brian, It is a great post. From your opml file, we created a personalized Megite for you. You can check out at http://www.megite.com/solutionwatch

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  13. Baby says:

    yes, I think you are right about OPML.
    thank’s for clear review about OPML, very usefull fo rme to collect feed from other blog.