A river of news — that actually flows (warning: if you’re a news junkie, don’t try this)

Snackr turns any OPML (a file that contains a list of RSS feeds) into an animated screen ticker that runs along any edge of your computer’s deskto. … In other words, it’s like an RSS reader that is set up in a River of News mode, but in this case, the headlines are actually flowing.

Via ReadWriteWeb.com‘s Marshall Kirkpatrick, I learned about — and downloaded — a new “Adobe Air” application called Snackr that is total news-junkie crack. I’ve already had to turn it off because it’s one of those things that sucks out every last ounce of attention span your soul can muster.

It turns any OPML file (in this case, a file that lists the source URLs of RSS feeds) into an animated screen ticker that runs along any edge of your computer’s desktop. Imagine a stock ticker, but with news headlines from the web sources you’ve designated. At any point, you can click on the headline and ticker stops and reveals the summary excerpt of a post. (Later: Actually, the full feed is displayed — even more amazing.)

In other words, it’s like an RSS reader that is set up in a River of News mode, but in this case, the headlines are actually flowing.

On second thought, for those who attempt to describe RSS as a “push” technology, ala ““PointCast,” this will be your best example, so far.

On third thought, it turns every thing you follow online into something like a giant animated twitter feed.

It’s cool, but don’t download it. It’s crack, I tell you. It’s crack.

  • Eventually someone is going to figure out how to tap into the addictive attention area of the brain that internet services like this so neatly law waste to for the betterment of mankind. Gotta run, pcworld survey is showing that Developers Prefer XP Over Vista …

  • Hello? Particls (www.particls.com) has been doing this and more for ages!

  • Thanks, John. I’ll have to let someone else compare the two as a visit to the URL you mention says the service is “post beta” or something. I don’t mean to imply that Snackr is the only service that can do this — I predict there will be several such tickers within a few months. Indeed, I predict that everywhere one sees a “widget” now, you’ll see “tickers.”