I just came across my feed being re-syndicated on The Ubiquitous Web News…a simple homemade piece of newsmastering.
April 14, 2006
TailRank is really looking great these days, it is clean and simple to use…I really like that I can filter my OPML by how many incoming links a post has…(each of these limits generates a feed).
I’d like to also filter my OPML by time like on the front page
eg. see posts from my OPML where items have 4 or more incoming links within the last 24 hours.
I’ve posted on feed folksonomies, and the potential for an OPML folksonomy…Kinja is a newmastering (river of news) folksonomy, and they have come the closest I’ve seen to a Reading List folksonomy…they are just one step away…other candidates are Feedbite and pulverati (OPML Factory gets a mention).
This one step is being able to tag your river of news, which would be basically tagging your Reading List…at the moment your Kinja mix generates a spliced feed and an OPML Reading List, as mentioned all we need is to tag your Kinja mix.
But you can group your feeds into a tag to see a section river of news from your account (this also serves as a basis for discovery so people can discover a source/feed via this tag)…this generates a spliced feed and an OPML Reading List…so at this level it is a Reading List Folksonomy.
At the community level if you click on a tag it shows all feeds that people have assigned with that tag (generates a spliced feed and an OPML Reading List)
…what I would like to see is that when you click on a tag, it lists user names that have used that tag, so you can click on a user level tag…this would be a folksonomy to share and discover Reading Lists
I think this could be split into three features…tag your sources for discovery, as separate from grouping a selection of feeds into a topic.
You could tag all your feeds, which helps others to discover feeds via tags.
You could organise your Reading List (river of news) folders or sections, so you can have category based river of news within your greater river of news…these categories could also have a Reading List…these would also have tags for sharing and discovery.
You could tag your Reading List (river of news…this is your whole account), which helps others to share and discover Reading Lists via tags
…this Reading List would be your mother OPML Reading List, where each category Reading List would be an OPML inclusion.
A Feed folksonomy
(read feeds within this service)
A Category Reading List folksonomy
A Mother Reading List (user account) folksonomy
- each Category Reading List as an OPML inclusion
NOTE: The last two points are a River of news (newsmaster) folksonomy
FeedBite enables you to make as many bundles as you like, the only thing is that they lack an OPML…that’s a pity because you can tag each bundle…this is also one step away from being a Reading List Folksonomy.
So FeedBite is like creating heaps of category river of news in Kinja, make as many as you like, only in Kinja you can view all your categories in one mega-river of news (as well as a spliced feed and OPML)
…in this respect you have a newsmastering portal, where you can read content by river of news, category river of news, or by one feed.
The added feature of FeedBite is creating your own feed, you can use it as a link-log or to blog text (no permalinks), or use it as a clip log…the only draw back is it doesn’t stand alone, it needs to be included in a bundle (a hack for this is to create a new bundle with just this feed in it).
At the moment you can only make one watchlist…you can apply tags to a watchlist, it’s just missing an OPML.
(you can also categorise the native feeds)
Great search filtering features and the slick design, very easy to use and understand.
[ADDED 28/04/06: Feed Collectors : Reading List folksonomy and more]
[ADDED 1/05/06: Is a Reading List folksonomy appropriate?]
It’s getting more interesting by the minute…these newsmastering portals are looking better and better, and most are incorporated into a folksonomy environment.
pulverati is the latest of these tools and it is only new, there seems more to come.
Basically you splice up some feeds and make yourself a river of news (public/private)…at the moment you can only make one watchlist per account, it also seems that you can add tags to your watchlist.
Here is a list of users, notice you can discover a watchlist by clicking on a tag, or using the search box.
Here is a watchlist (river of news)
…each item clearly lists the author, category/tag, and the home page, and also a link to read the native post.
You’ll also notice if you click on an author or category it will filter your river of news by author or category…this is such a clean and easy interface.
Another thing is that you can vote or comment on an item (similar memedigging concept to FeedButler).
Over to the right is where the fun continues:
- filter river of news to a single feed, category, and/or date (you can also search within these filters…generating search feeds)
- sort by newest, most relevant, most popular (generates a feed for each)
Not sure what relevancy is based on, maybe some sort of text analysis…and popularity would obviously be based on citations (incoming links).
Here is the feeds page for this users watchlist
…where’s the OPML Reading List?
The only thing that seems to be missing is a personal memetracking view that displays only the hot items with discussion links, and related links…also a digest where you can clip items to is coming back in vogue.
Lastly is a friends tab where you can bookmark your favourite users…you can also see a river of news from all the friends in your list, but not one river at a time, it’s all your friends watchlist mixed into a mega watchlist…well, at least that’s what it seems.
- Filter feeds when you add them to the watchlist (seems to be splice only)
- Where’s the OPML for each watchlist, together with tags this will be a Reading List and Newsmaster folksonomy (spliced/filtered feed)…and maybe a native feed folksonomy as it seems all native feeds have a category assigned.
- You can filter to see content by one author, category/tag, feed…what about a selection?
- What about a tag cloud..actually the home page features a user watchlist and this does have a tag cloud.
MySyndicaat has the processing power, and SuprGlu has the personalised look, and Blogdigger Groups spits out an OPML Reading List (so does Kinja), but Pulverati really looks the best and is very slick, and is in a folksonomy environment like Kinja and Feedbite.
Whooo it’s really heating up in this market…public feed readers are becoming as numerous as personal feed readers (well, not quite, but…)
NOTE: this OPML is different than the one the user entered…I entered my OPML Workstation URL, will OPML Factory consult with that URL to keep up-to-date.
Click on a feed within a Reading List, and it will show which Reading Lists (users) this feed features in, if it features in a lot of Reading Lists it will make the Top 100 feeds (this also has an OPML)
There is also a built in RSS Reader that shows a river of news from the top 100 feeds.