Create a Collection (river of news)…soon all users will be able to create multiple collections.
A collection comprises of a Watchlist (river of news), Feeds page, Friends page, and Profile.
He is a user space, the default page is the All Collections Watchlist…you can change this view to see just one collection from this user.
Also change the view to see content from just one source feed…this drop down lists all your source feeds from all your collections.
See content by date, sort by newest, most relevant, or most popular…also view content by top topics, these must be the categories/tags used by the source feeds.
When you view the Watchlist (river of news) notice that you can click on a category/topic to see contents from just that category/topic, or just from that source feed, or even just from that author from the source feeds (handy for multi-authored blogs).
You can also comment and rate each post.
Even though your Watchlist displays an excerpt for each result it will search the full-text of each item
…you can also set up all your filters and limits and then enter a search term.
NOTE: it will also play items.
The feeds also keep up with your meanderings, when ever you filter or search it will generate a unique feed.
Next is the Feeds section, here you can choose a collection from a drop down menu, this will show all the feeds in this collection, and more…it would be good if it promoted the spliced feed.
Another issue is that the OPML Reading List is defaulted for All Collections, I’d like a separate Reading List for each collection.
Next is the Friends section, collect links to other user spaces, and more…even has a feed.
Lastly is the Profile page.
Here is the collections page, notice when you make a collection you assign tags, so basically you can discover a Spliced feed/River of News/Reading List by tag…nice!
It would be good if this page promoted the spliced feed, Reading List, and User for each collection.
The homepage lists Popular Collection Topics, and Top Collection Tags…these are both the same thing, and they are not limited to the tag field, it is just a search query in the collection title, description and tag fields…using the search box does the same thing.
I like the idea of displaying Most Popular Feeds from Collections, they could almost make a seperate source feed folksonomy section which aggregates all the source feeds people have used in their collections.
For this to work you’d need to not only apply tags to each collection, but also to each feed in each collection…may confuse things a bit but it offers people a directory/folksonsomy to find feeds in order to use in their collections.
I really like the many ways you can filter your Watchlist, the search function and river of news features are awesome…although I’d like to filter a collection or a feed in a collection when I’m creating the collection.
Feed Collectors has some great potential as it is very social and has powerful content displays, I only wish the social aspect was closer to del.icio.us…some say del.icio.us is very simple, but this is just what I like about it.
[ADDED 1/05/06: Is a Reading List folksonomy appropriate?]