Out of all the newsmastering portals Kinja is the first I’ve seen in a folksonomy environment, and as we go on you will see it is one step away from being a fully-fledged Reading List folksonomy.
I guess it is a feed folksonomy, but you also get the beauty of seeing feeds organised into user river of news, as well as tag river of news (user and general level), as well as related sites river of news…so it goes futher to being a newsmaster folksonomy.
How it works
Load in some feeds via an OPML…great start…or add a few at a time…there is also a bookmarklet to add sources…add some tag/s to your feeds.
There you have it, a very simple low-key river of news public reader that archives posts…here’s my 50 or so favourite feeds…click on a tag to read content from feeds with a particular tag.
This is what Blogdigger Groups, MySyndicaat, SuprGlu, and others are missing, ie. folder/tags to groups feeds to view a tag/folder river of news…Kinja provides a spliced feed for every tag/folder river of news, but not an OPML Reading List.
Here’s my mix.
Here’s my feed.
Here are my sources.
Here’s my Reading List.
Click on a tag to view a mix at the tag level…or grab a feed at the tag level.
You can view posts and backlinks from just one source…also view a whole lot of statistics.
This view also lists related sources from the Kinja community (based on the common tags).
You can see a river of news for related sites for a given source, here is the river of news from related sources to Library Stuff.
When you view a source you will see that people have assigned tags, clicking on a tag will show a river of news from sources with that tag…here’s a topic about RSS.
In a nutshell
You can make your own and also view other people’s river of news, just like many of the other newsmastering services, but since you can tag your sources, then you have tag based river of news as well.
If you view the contents of just one source, it shows other sources who also have that tag (related sources), and you can add these to your river of news with one easy click.
Also you can see a river of news from sources related to the current source on your page (based on common tags)
…so in all you have 4 type of river of news: user, tag (user), tag (community), and related sources.
You can’t search your own river of news, but you can search a keyword…but this is basically searching for a tag, you will see the tag “RSS” is the same as a search for the term “RSS“. (actually this is the search return page you would see first, then you can see content based on time).
NOTE: there isn’t a tag for OPML, but there is a search for OPML
Reading List folksonomy
What about related user accounts to mine based on common sources?
Or tag your user river of news, so others can discover river of news digests by tag…this would give you list of user accounts with a given tag, and maybe even read a mega-river of news.
This is kind of coming back to a Reading List folksonomy, only with a river of news to boot…hang on, this is a Reading List folksonomy in a way, as every user has an OPML you can share and discover…imagine this also at the user tag level (ie. a Reading List for each of your tag river of news).
[ADDED: you don’t need to imagine, I just noticed each tag river of news has a spliced feed and it’s own OPML Reading List, so it’s like a feed folksonomy where each tag of feeds supplies an OPML, so this goes a step further than the other feed folksonomies so far]
Also, as I mentioned before if you could tag your user account, this would really be a Reading List folksonomy, as you could share discover Reading Lists by tag.
[ADDED: I guess you could say all your feeds with a specific tag could be a Reading List in it’s own right]
Technorati Favourites could choose to do something similar, we already have our own river of news, and we can easily add sources, but we aren’t tagging our sources or tagging our river of news in order to share and discover (that is, sharing and discovering feeds, river of news, reading lists).