Photofeed: image podcasting

As I said in a previous blog post: it’s not logical that there is no picture podcasting yet, while the content, the devices and the technology are all there. That’s why I decided to lend the ‘loosely coupled’ movement a hand: I just set up a new project:

It introduces the concept of a Photofeed (an RSS 2.0 feed with image enclosures – the picture counterpart of a podcast feed) and also features a service to display photofeeds in any web site: Photoroll. I invented the term ‘photofeed’ (‘photcast’ was an earlier option, but it’s too limiting)

(Update: especially for the visitors from
What’s so great about a photofeed? Well, since there is an image URL specified separately and attached to each feed item, a photofeed consumer application can ‘do stuff’ with that image. So you could display the image in whatever layout you want on your site (that’s my Photoroll), you could have a photofeed screensaver, print them, make sepia thumbnails, save them to your iPod photo or PDA, …

Who already delivers photofeeds? For now, there’s Fotothing, Pixagogo and Flickr, but I hope soon other photo sharing sites will follow. They have one for each of their tags/labels, so you can have an ever changing feed of ‘sunset’ images and use it for whatever you want. If you want to make your own photofeed, consider using the Feedburner SmartCast for images, which they kindly developed upon my request (doing a ‘Hackathon‘: great idea!).

What is my purpose with this? Well, I want to introduce the concept so people start playing with it and come up with new and untought-of applications. Do you have the “Hey, I could use this to …” feeling? An original hack that does funky stuff with a photofeed? An idea for a way to add ‘fitting’ pictures to an existing text-only RSS feed? Geo-photo-feeds? Some social-software remix project? Let me know, leave a comment here or on the Photofeed Blog. Just picture it!

Inspiration and support came from people who are maybe not aware of it: Joris from Pixagogo, Eric from Feedburner, Alan from Feed2JS, Lucas from Webjay and Erwin from DopplerRadio.


6 thoughts on “Photofeed: image podcasting”

  1. Dave Winer doesn’t like it because it didn’t come from him. Make sure you give him credit so he doesn’t get mad about it though. He is sensitive to issues involving giving credit but that’s usually just credit to him.

  2. Whoa nice timing. I am trying to get (American’s Most Wanted) to pony up their missing persons database via RSS for the purpose of building a simple screen saver. No big deal, but essentially a Photofeed as well. Would be a nifty high profile example. Maybe you could give them a nudge as well? 😉

    -Eric P.

  3. If Images, London based stockphoto agency, offers photofeed with watermarked comps of latest royalty-free and rights managed releases. In addition, every search you make on If Images library of royalty free and rights managed photographs and illustrations, is available as a personalised RSS feed, to enable you to track new addition to stock photo catalogue in your favourite RSS reader.

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