I thought OPML was going to house this type of information, but I’ve been told OPML is not granular enough, although it is good to package simple data like feeds, links, text, etc…
CleverClogs tells us APML will be tracking attention data like: browser history, emails, documents, log files, feed reading lists, custom keywords, tags and bookmarks and other personalized data.
I guess the idea is that you can plug in your APML file to services that accept it, in order for these services to personalise to your tastes when you use the service.
Filtering incoming alerts according to your APML file, use a memedigger based on just the contents you want to see…this is all about attention…plug ‘n play.
This would sometimes replace using tools like Feed Digest, if I want to only read content I like from a blog, I usually create a filtered feed, in this instance I wouldn’t need to, I could just filter it using my APML.
I’d love to search Google or Technorati based on my APML file…of course only for certain types of searches…I know Google do have a personalised search, they even used to have an area where you could choose categories of Google to search, instead of searching the whole of Google.
I know your reading behaviour and feed set in an RSS Reader contribute to your APML file, but then I’d love to plug my APML file back into my RSS Reader, so I only see stuff I like according to not just my reading behaviour within my RSS Reader, but my searching behaviour, tagging behaviour, email content, document content, etc…
This is basically what the Touchstone alert system does, they call this APML consumption.
NOTE: Attention Trust has the attention principles, and provides the recorder…root.net store the data.
This is reminiscent of a past post I saw on Alex Barnett’s blog about buying a car, great use case.