ReFilter is a tool I’ve been anticipating
…along with the host of standalone re-mixing tools, there is now a filtering tool.
Now with the use of ReFilter, just enter your feed URL and then a search term, and this will generate a filtered feed to your specification.
Why do this?
Well you may subscribe to a feed/s that only has minimal relevant stuff amongst the numerous irrelevant posts, but you sacrifice scrolling through the undesired posts because you really value the gems.
A way around this is to subscribe to a category feed (if available) rather than the main feed…but you may be interested in some gems from multiple categories, so the next option is to use ReFilter to make a search term feed/s.
In doing this you will only see the posts from that website or blog that have your search term, so the results are only as good as your search term…you may miss out on the odd gem…also from time to time it’s good to view all posts to see if the author is posting any new stuff on a topic you like
…and of course this increases the inverse relationship micro-content has with serendipity.
That is, the more selective your content is the more unlikely you will come across stuff that you didn’t know you’d be interested in.
In saying this I’m coming across enough new stuff anyway within my narrow field of choice (so micro-content is helping me alleviate information overload, and now ReFilter is helping alleviate RSS overload).
…before hand you had to use an RSS Reader like Web RSS Reader or perform a site search within an RSS engine…see the list.
Incorporating this tool into an RSS Reader, like Web RSS Reader is my preference, as you don’t have to rely on a 3rd party tool.
[ADDED 25/07/05: also check out FeedShake - splices and filters]