I need a smarter Blog Reader

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.


  1. @Kami – I tried FeedHub – it never showed me anything from any blog except the ones I had already subscribed to (yes, that meant it basically created a new feed with some of the stories that I already got in my other feeds – causing me to look at them all twice). If you can get it to do something more interesting, please let me know! πŸ™‚

  2. Ike enlightened me to Yahoo Pipes, but I also just found FeedHub, which claims to do just that. Let me know what you think of it.

  3. Sigh. I feel that everyday, and feel geek’s guilt for not building it πŸ™

  4. It’s because I have a wide circle of geeky friends — too much time on my hands — and a mind like flypaper, that doesn’t drop too many relevant details.

    Besides – something has to spark the primordial goo of a sentient blog reader.

  5. @Ike – Intersting service – I am going to try it out. I wonder why I haven’t heard of this? How did you?

    This is a perfect example of something my “adaptive attention orientation” would have found for me – this isn’t the first time I have blogged about how difficult it can be to find relevant content and filter out the irrelevant stuff. I should not have needed to rely on you to tell me about this service – my software should have.

    (But I do appreciate you acting as a surrogate πŸ™‚ )


  6. Check out this service.

    I think they’ve got a few of the tweaks you’re looking for – not a full blown Fuzzy Logic solution, but a good start.

    You may end up having to mix, mash, and wash through Yahoo Pipes to get the feeds you want — but a little work on the front end pays for itself very quickly.