Buzz Me is a service that allows you to “burn” your feed for mobile phones. I first saw this service on Performancing and it looked interesting. The service is fairly flexible and you can burn feeds of almost any blog or website that offers a feed on its own. It generates a feed page for your mobile phone that you can visit at your leisure to read your favorite feeds. Though I have some technical questions about the service, the FAQ page (on WordPress) explains the nuances in some detail and there is a page for publishers to offer up the service to their readers. I had trouble finding a name or brand that was consistent which I thought was odd and I am assuming they want to call their service Buzz Me. I stopped short of signing up because their terms of service put me off a bit with the all encompassing clause for future monetization of the service.
The idea is interesting and a phone news reader is something of a novelty. Google Reader is already available for your mobile phone and this product should perform the same. However, it got me thinking. It would be relatively easy to write a cell phone notification plugin for WordPress blogs. It would be a time sensitive, opt-in service that could be used to alert readers of updates, track particular posts, comments or even link back to a mobile version (WordPress Mobile Edition. Alex, you really need permalinks for your individual projects) of your blog from each alert. Most of the code exists in various plugins and WordPress’ excellent plugin framework would do the rest.
Would you (or do you already) read feeds on your mobile phone? Once I get my Treo 755p, I know I will.