fav.or.it is the latest social RSS Reader, just not sure if it is a social network.
You read feeds (by category, rank or tag…also generate a spliced feed), comment on posts (even send to original blog), even blog posts, etc…
The screenshots show a profile page, I’m not sure if these are public, or if you can: add someone as a friend, msg friends, get recommended feeds…
There is plenty of link sharing going on, here’s a screenshot. Basically share links to external services like Twitter, and share links into your library, and make communal libraries…still not sur eif you can share a link to another user.
The rank works according to how long you read a post, in aggregate this will make it a powerful attention engine (there is also voting)…most services determine what’s popular or hot in the blogosphere based on inlinks and more (TechMeme), submit/vote (Digg), or clicks (Spotback).
Comment on blog posts without leaving
What a great idea to be able to not only comment with the fav.or.it network, but to also have that appear on the actual blog.
What about displaying current comments from the actual blog, and these being synched in fav.or.it as they appear in the actual blog posts.
For comments to appear on actual blog posts, these blogs need to hook up with the system via an API.
If you use Google Reader, try the Firefox hack to read and post comments.
You own blog
Wow, you don’t have to leave this place, you even get a blog…not sure if you can even auto-populate this blog via a feed, a la SuprGlu.
How it works is that you can blog posts that get included in the fav.or.it database for others to read, if you like you can also turn it on to publish these posts to an external blog.
What about clips streams like Google Reader, ie. saving or bookmarking posts which are displayed on stream pages and/or as a take away feed. It’s invite only at the moment, and the homepage does say you can re-publish stuff (even adding a description would be great)…it seems there is more in the works…aha re-publishing content.
I wonder if you could bookmark items you find outside fav.or.it into a clip stream…I guess you could use the inhouse blog as well.
From the screenshots it seems to cluster similar posts together into tags, although I’m not sure if this is manual or done by the machine, actually the TechCrunch UK post mentions auto-tags.
This is what we see with MyFeedz, WizAg, Feeds 2.0 and others…this is like memetracking by topic. The only way you can do this in Google Reader is by searching for a term (this is just appearances of the term, not really a post being about that term).
Other RSS Readers like BlogBridge and FeedEye go the further mile by memetracking around a post, the most linked to posts in your RSS Reader are ranked to the top of your pile, and related posts are clustered around it.
Feedable does clustering, but not from items within your RSS Reader, rather items from the blogosphere.
SharpReader will cluster new and old posts around an item based on having links to these items.
Here’s a screenshot.
At this moment I’m not sure if it’s in the social network pack like: FeedEachOther, Streamy, and Genwi.