How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011

How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011

This time last year I wrote a post outlining how online reading patterns had changed over 2010. The habits and products for reading on the Web have continued to evolve over 2011. This year, for example, Google+ arrived on the scene and changed the way many people find and discuss topical articles. We also saw continued innovation in mobile and…

What Are the Best Android RSS Readers?

What Are the Best Android RSS Readers?

With near half a million Android devices being activated every day, there are a lot of people learning the best ways to use their brand new devices. The natural thing for a new user to do is look up their favorite websites using the native browser on the phone. Yet, a lot of times they will find that the site is not optimized for the mobile Web…

Killer Quora Thread is a Treasure Trove for Early Adopters

Killer Quora Thread is a Treasure Trove for Early Adopters

I’ll admit I haven’t been on Quora as much recently, in large part due to being unceremoniously blocked by the company for subscribing to an excessive amount of RSS feeds (but that’s another story). However, today, I stumbled across a great Quora thread started by tech insider Robert Scoble. The question: “Which tech startups currently (June…

Developer Creates Tool to Bring RSS Back to Twitter

Developer Creates Tool to Bring RSS Back to Twitter

Earlier this month, entrepreneur and blogger Jesse Stay noticed that both Facebook and Twitter had completely removed support for RSS from of their websites. After much outcry from the tech community, Facebook relented and re-added an RSS link to Facebook Pages once again. Twitter, however, did nothing.
But now, one developer has taken it upon…

Alt Search Engine blekko Partners with Flipboard for RSS Search

Alt Search Engine blekko Partners with Flipboard for RSS Search

This morning, alternative search engine service blekko announced a partnership with hot iPad social magazine Flipboard to power its content searches. Under the new deal, users looking for new content to subscribe to within Flipboard can discover and browse for items by keyword. The content will come from RSS feeds, the Web feed format used to…

XYDO Feels Like It’s Taking The Pageviews Out of Publishers’ Mouths

XYDO Feels Like It’s Taking The Pageviews Out of Publishers’ Mouths

Yesterday XYDO, the service that curates users’ Twitter and Facebook streams and adds a layer of social bookmarking a la Reddit or Digg, opened up to the public. After trying it out for a little while today, I realized that something felt wrong, and then it came to me – when I click on a title, I don’t get taken to the website hosting that content…

My6Sense Chrome Extension Filters Your Tweet Stream on Twitter.com

My6Sense Chrome Extension Filters Your Tweet Stream on Twitter.com

My6Sense, the personalized recommendation engine for both iOS and Android, comes to the desktop today with a Chrome extension that brings the my6sense experience to Twitter.com. What exactly is the my6sense experience? my6sense uses what it calls “digital intuition” to determine what parts of your stream, whether Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz or…

The End of Bloglines is Nigh – Will Close October 1

The End of Bloglines is Nigh – Will Close October 1

RSS is not dead. But Bloglines, one of the most venerable web-based RSS readers, is about to close shop next month. According to a report on TechCrunch, Bloglines’ parent company IAC will make an official announcement later today and shut the service down on October 1. In the early days of RSS, Bloglines was the go-to feed reader for early…

The Good Stuff Machine: My6Sense Comes to Android

The Good Stuff Machine: My6Sense Comes to Android

Using algorithms to give personalized recommendations is hard. A lot of online services try to leverage their users’ social graphs to determine the stories, books, songs or movies that are potentially of interest to them. Given that your own interests can be quite different from those of your friends, though, these systems are often limited…

Check Out This Awesome RSS Reader for Windows Phone 7

Check Out This Awesome RSS Reader for Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 will be available in time for the Holiday Season, Microsoft says, and today the company unveiled a beautiful new RSS reading app built by an award winning team of Microsoft 2010 interns.

Called Headliner, the app adheres to the design standards of the rest of the OS (delightfully attractive, for Microsoft) and includes most of…

Google Launches Blog Finder for Any Topic

Google Launches Blog Finder for Any Topic

Google has quietly launched a new feature: search for blogs on any topic. The company announced the new type of search in a weekly round-up of search updates last week, and respected SEO blogger Bill Slawski argues that the launch may be related to a new Google patent.

This has the potential to be a wildly useful service. How many of you have…

Kiffets: Xerox PARC Aims to Solve Information Overload

Kiffets: Xerox PARC Aims to Solve Information Overload

Xerox PARC famously invented the graphical user interface (GUI) for modern computers, then just as famously failed to capitalize on it. Now called “PARC, a Xerox company,” it continues to innovate to this day in a variety of domains – including web applications. PARC (which stands for Palo Alto Research Center) tackles large computing…

SPARQLZ Shines as a Vision for Linked Data Made Easy

SPARQLZ Shines as a Vision for Linked Data Made Easy

SPARQLZ is a stealth technology project aimed to provide a graphical user interface for everyday users to assemble, edit, share and mash-up modular, persistent, real-time searches across the web of Linked Data. It’s a side project by an independent team within a large data corporation, with dreams of spinning their work off as a startup.

It’s a…

Wowd Introduces a Filtered Facebook, Result Not Wowing

Wowd Introduces a Filtered Facebook, Result Not Wowing

Social search company Wowd has introduced a new tool for advanced Facebook search, and it’s a desktop app. Actually, it’s a desktop app that runs in your browser..but more on that later.

What Wowd promises is a tool to “filter Facebook.” It lets you create custom feeds, read personalized summaries, remove game spam from your News Feed and…

PostRank Live with Google Buzz Firehose

PostRank Live with Google Buzz Firehose

Before now, PostRank, the popular social media analytics service, had to manually crawl all Google Buzz accounts and subscribe to the public feeds it found separately prior to meshing that information with the rest of its data. It was unlikely that all the public feeds made it into PostRank and the process “imposed a high server tax for both…

Miio: If Twitter were FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS Reader. Wait, What?

Miio: If Twitter were FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS Reader. Wait, What?

Miio is a new microblogging service which is a bit like a mashup between Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS reader. Now typically, we don’t like describing services as a “it’s like a this plus a that,” but Miio is precisely the kind of service that needs a little help in the “what this is” department.

Don’t get us wrong, the concept…

Ashes Brings Slick RSS Reader Fever to iPad

Ashes Brings Slick RSS Reader Fever to iPad

Fever, a gorgeous RSS reader we dubbed one of the top syndication technologies of 2009, is now available in iPad format by way of a new mobile application called “Ashes.” Like its desktop sibling, the Ashes RSS reader offers the same ranking features that make Fever so much fun to use.

Instead of overloading you with information as you increase…

Lazyfeed Redesign Goes All Web 2.0 on its Bad Self

Lazyfeed Redesign Goes All Web 2.0 on its Bad Self

Lazyfeed, the site we previously described as a “super-simple feed reader” is coming out with a whole new design today that not only makes everything even lazier, but changes the core purpose of the site itself.

Instead of just watching “live updates on every topic you care about, simultaneously,” the site is now the “super-lazy way to blog about…