Dogpile Enhances Toolbar with News Feeds

Dogpile has rolled out a new version of its toolbar that adds an intriguing twist to its well-known web search capabilities, providing a built-in “ticker” that tracks your favorite RSS feeds.

The scrolling ticker portion of the toolbar is fully customizable for the content that’s featured in the scroll as well as the way the material is presented. Users can also choose to turn-off the ticker scroll but can still use the toolbar as an RSS/Atom feed reader.

Headlines scroll at a rate and in a direction that’s easy to change. You can also determine how often the toolbar will check for new syndicated content.

Only syndicated headlines can be viewed in the ticker. To read the full text of associated articles, you’ll need to click on a headline, and a new browse window will open.

Another option to read your syndicated content is by way of a personalized content page that resides on your computer.

A major challenge for many people is finding and learning about news, blog, or web site sources that offer feeds in either RSS or Atom formats. The toolbar’s help pages includes direct links to several well-known directories where the user can find this information.

Also available is a tool that can quickly determine if the page or site that’s currently open in your web browser makes a feed available. Adding content to the toolbar, ticker and reader is as easy as pointing and clicking or typing in a URL.

Web search junkies will be happy to note that the new Dogpile ticker also makes available a real-time feed of “just submitted” Dogpile search queries. This is similar to what’s available from Metacrawler‘s MetaSpy site.

The new release also features what’s become “assumed” toolbar functionality including a pop-up blocker and the option to quickly search several databases.

Finally, a Dogpile spokesperson told me that the company has no plans to add paid advertising to the scrolling ticker.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication’s search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Baidu president takes on Google…
Xinhua News Agency Mar 29 2004 3:44AM GMT
E-tailers blame Google reshuffle…
Australian IT Mar 28 2004 11:16PM GMT
In age of Google, privacy issues get lost in the search…
Houston Chronicle Mar 28 2004 9:30AM GMT
You won’t find God if you go to Google…
Independent Mar 28 2004 1:57AM GMT
Yahoo buying spree has fling in Paris…
San Jose Mercury News Mar 27 2004 11:39AM GMT
MSN to add features Google got to first…
Seattle Times Mar 27 2004 9:22AM GMT
Postini antispam patent could cause headaches…
Industry Standard Mar 27 2004 0:37AM GMT
ICANN defends its stewardship of the Net… Mar 26 2004 11:50PM GMT
Yahoo on a Future 500?…
Fortune prem Mar 26 2004 2:13PM GMT
Web analytics critical to search engine marketing, says iProspect… Mar 26 2004 2:16AM GMT
Metadata expert calls for ‘dictionary’ to sort standards… Mar 26 2004 1:42AM GMT
Microsoft Concedes Misstep in Search…
San Jose Mercury News Mar 26 2004 1:38AM GMT
Google Promotes Local Search…
About Web Search Mar 25 2004 9:19PM GMT
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