In the beginning of the week I found a really nice read on the RWW blog: 5 Reasons Why RSS Readers Still Rock, two points of the Richard MacManus‘s article aroused my interest. I would like to extend them further with a few examples already implemented by a lesser known (yet) but very powerful and innovative reader: favit.com.
1. Filter RSS Streams
We all know what is one of the biggest handicaps about RSS stream readers — the unread numbers (1000+). You subscribe to a lot of Web sites and find yourself overloaded with content. The digits in bold keep bugging your mind and you feel like you are always missing something. While in fact, when subscribing to an RSS emission, by default you do not intend to read everything.
Are you reading the newspaper from cover to cover? No! You take a quick look, identify what is interesting, and eventually read further. Newspapers are not bugging you with the number of unread articles, right?
Since your interests are focused on several topics, you expect to find articles about these topics in your RSS stream. However, it gets far too exhausting to percolate these huge streams in order to reach the thing that is of real value to you.
Happily, things evolved and now, by applying certain topic(s) to a bunch of sources, you can filter their content and get only the stuff you really care about — take for example the Facebook and Twitter news filter that scans 17 carefully preselected top tech blogs for articles about Twitter and Facebook. In the last 24 hours all the 17 blogs published a total of 207 posts with just 29 posts about Facebook and Twitter. I have been spared 178 irrelevant post that would have otherwise turned into 178 unreads.
Filters can be of great help, especially when you are facing one and only massive RSS emission from a certain source and you need a fast and reliable tool to filter it for the content that you are actually interested in. Things with filters and RSS are getting even better with the vast implementation of the PubSubHubBub protocol, which delivers you the articles real-time.
2. Categorize News
Categorizing and putting your news feeds in bundles is great, but what use they have if you cannot share them with friends? Now you can!
Take a look at the favit.com’s Infographs bundle including 24 awesome feeds related to infographics and data visualization, I have spent half a day researching and curating it, and I will be more than happy to share it with you so you do not spend the same time in research, but in actually reading it and getting inspiration.
To summarize, I can now say that the “sharing is caring” principle so vastly implemented when sharing single articles has now, thanks to the favit.com developers, stretched further to a field that we have erroneously considered private and personal as our Inbox, neglecting the fact that feeds are public and by default shared with everyone from the site that emits them — so go ahead and, whenever you find a new interesting source, share it with your friends — they will appreciate it!”
Martin Linkov is a Web3.0 addict and a passionate blogger, eager to learn and explore.