FeedButler is much like Digg except the users don’t submit the stories, the stories are automatically generated by a batch of feeds…anyone can add a feed or even OPML file to this stream…this view is “New Stories“.
The similarity it has with Digg is that users mark stories they like, if this happens enough the story will move to the “Top Stories” view.
Clicking on the permalink of a story will show you who else has marked it, you can even go to their profile to see stories they have marked, their friends, and their personal info.
You can access your profile directly from the menu.
You can browse by category (not sure where these come from)…they are also present in your profile.
There is a feed for every page, that’s what we like to see.
Unlike Digg, it lack comments, but the friends feature is a great idea…similar to a groups feature in some social bookmark services.
So I guess the main difference here is that stories are not submitted, they are generated like a Public RSS Reader, just mark the one’s you like, pity you can’t tag them.
This got me thinking, Rojo does something similar with its Explore page.
They don’t have a river of news stream made from every feed in the Rojo community, but they do show “Most Read Stories”, which is similar to Top Stories in “FeedButler”, only in Rojo users aren’t explicitly marking them, a story is considered read if you tag, flag, click, share, email, collapse/expand a story
…so the voting is a different process but the outcome is suggesting the same thing.
If Rojo did incorporate voting into their service, then the most read stories or most marked stories would perhaps be more accurate.
Only unlike FeedButler, this Rojo page would still just be a read only display, where you interact from your personal account, whereas FeedButler you interact more at the public level (you all share the same set of feeds, whether you like it or not).