I would love to be able to read something in the Official Google Blog, for example, dealing with how great their kitchen is (for example) and click a big red thumbs down telling my Blog Reader that I don’t like stories about Google’s kitchen. I never plan to eat there, and really don’t give a crap about their kitchen. The Google Blog does have other content that does interest me though. So I don’t want to kill the Google Blog from my reader. Just stories about their kitchen.
Instead of being my traffic control unit my blog reader is happy just being a stupid aggregator. Sure Google benefits from me using Google Reader – but they aren’t providing me the benefit they could. They aren’t letting me add weight to the content I subscribe to, the individual context of a unique post in that content, etc.
Imagine if you had a feed reader that spends a few months learning from you, and the feeds you subscribed to – then based on your reading habits, to include time spent per topic per page, etc (and your own thumbs up/thumbs down feedback on a per article basis) starts suggesting things, and removing things.
Constantly evaluating, never resting in the quest to find me the content it knows I am interested in. Based on my reading habits
Always vigilant – always pruning what needs to be pruned. Always removing the things that I never tend to read, or always tend to give a “thumbs-down”.
There is too much information on the Internet without some automated mechanism to help us find what we want to find, but might not know exists. And an automated mechanism to remove things from our information streams that aren’t adding value.
I’ll call this “adaptive attention orientation” – where software adapts to what I am currently doing, and currently interested in. No more stale RSS – a constantly manipulated stream of information that is always learning from me, and always adjusting. And always teaching me.
It’s not impossible – it’s not really even that difficult (compared to other problems computers are solving). The problem, I think, is that not enough people realize they need this yet – not enough to get anyone interested in building it anyway.