Philipp Schmidt just posted on a cool new mashup of Google Forms and Yahoo Pipes that creates a kind of self-service aggregation of feeds for Peer-2-Peer University classes, you can see the prototype here. Go ahead, add the URL of your blog feed and test this puppy out.
What I like about this is that it’s not re-posting the work so much as providing a trace of posts (what Andre Malan appropriately termed the ghost blog), with the added bonus of including comments for each post inline—amazing! Moreover, each link brings you back to the original post or comment. It’s an early version yet, and I’m really impressed with the way it brings all the aggregated work together for a class. The key now is to allow people to add just their blog URL along with a specific tag or category they will be using so that it filters accordingly so that not everything is brought in, but only what’s appropriate. Once that happens we have some pretty sick and slick EDUGLU with free and loosely joined tools.
I increasingly think automating the discovery of a site’s feed along with the appropriate concatenation of the specified tag or category feed would make this so much easier for anyone to do. The issue of knowing the specific feed for a tag or category on a wide range of blogging platforms and services is where some of this breaks down for users adding their feeds.
Finally, and perhaps most important, is the very cool image of The Wire actors in Philipp’s post that I have stolen above, which suggests his true genius.