Ah! This is something I’ve been trying to do for a few months: you can easily re-order feeds in Google Reader by accident, just by clicking a fraction of a second too long when selecting a different feed. SO far I had not found a way to fix this.
AideRSS is a new online RSS aggregator that will try and sort your news by importance.
“AideRSS is an intelligent assistant, which continuously monitors RSS feeds, finds the good stuff, creates a PostRankâ„¢, and delivers it to you. We do the grunt work of collecting information on every post, allowing you to focus on your agenda and stay on top of the news stream.”
AideRSS will pull in any OPML file and rate your subscribed feeds on a post level for their PostRank by looking at number of comments, Technorati links, diggs etc.
What I’m missing is how they also use my personal preference as a criteria; so far the top stories are mostly from digg, which is not too surprising.
AideRSS certainly does not mimic the way *I* read my blogs – they’d need to put that in to make it useful for me.
Judgement so far: nice idea. Let’s see how far they can take it.
“A week ago I made a list of things I’m thinking about doing next with my life. Everything from playing poker to starting a video version of Weblogs, Inc. On the list I added a throw away joke about making a better iPod with Peter Rojas (the famous editor of Engadget).
Peter responded to it (and did a followup), and then Dave Winer (the genius behind RSS and OPML) chimed in. Now Michael Gartenberg from Jupiter has chimed in, and what was a fantasy has now turned into a feasibility study.
Peter is meeting with Dave, and I just had dinner with Peter. Maybe the Rojas player (or the RWC player) could happen. Maybe we can do a short run and pre-sell the first 1,000 signature players–all of them autographed by Peter Rojas himself. I’m will to put the money up for the first run if Dave Winer will match me.”
I love the idea. Especially, if this is trying to be a podcasting device instead of an iPod killer, file management may happen 100% without a PC, getting rid of all the synchronisation hassles. It could even sync stuff from GMail or GCal (hey, it has RSS support already).
Can’t wait to see where this goes. I’d buy one, just to be a part of it.