Today we are happy to announce a new addition to our mobile suite of features… Jott Feeds!
What the heck is it? Well, it’s a simple way of keeping up-to-date with your favorite blogs, Twitter and Facebook when you’re not at your computer… just by listening to them. Jott Feeds is like having a combination personal assistant and your very own news radio station… that you can control as easily as an iPod.
How do I start listening to feeds?
1) Call 866-JOTT-123, or your local Canadian number
2) When asked “Who do you want to Jott?” say “Jott Feeds”
3) When asked “Which feed?” reply with TechCrunch, Lifehacker, Mashable, SmartMoney, News or Weather (all of which have been added to your account already so you can give this a try right away).
You can add lots of different blogs and sites to your account so you can listen to them. We created a library of sorts, so you can add commonly read sites, and set it up so you can easily enter your Twitter or Facebook information to get those updates too. Finally, we made it really easy to skip forward or go back in Jott Feeds using your phone’s keypad.
So now when you hop in the car on the way to work, put on that Bluetooth headset and have your stock quotes, Twitter updates, and news headlines all read to you. It’s a little bit like a radio station designed just for you.
How does it work?
We take the RSS feed from blogs and sites, convert it into audio using text-to-speech technology and send that audio to your phone.
Not sure what that means?
Have no fear, you’re not alone, and you actually don’t need to learn this new vocabulary to get the full effect of the feature, since we added all of this for you. But in case you’re curious… RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, a feed is a constantly updated list, and RSS feeds really do mean just that- a constantly updated list of all your syndicated news sources.
What that means for you and me, is that RSS is an easy (they weren’t lying about the simple part) way to get updates from your favorite websites and new sources and Jott Feeds makes this simple even when away from your computer. Some feeds sound better than others of course, so feel free to experiment, and let us know what you think.
Add your own RSS
There are millions of different RSS feeds that are important to people, and we can’t list them all. So if there’s a feed you’d like to listen to that we don’t have listed as a Featured Feed, add your own feed by cutting and pasting the feed URL into your Jott account.