Intelligent RSS/Atom feed reader

There are a ton of feed readers (supporting RSS and Atom), but none are smart enough yet. The best of the best only go as far as to aggregate and display the lot in one merged stream. Others only provide a multi-stream interface.

What I want in the next-gen feed reader is some sort of smart keyword matching system, easy-to-use (and relevant) ranking, Bayesian filtering, similarity grouping (as seen in Google news), a TiVo-like intelligence (maybe going as far as suggesting new feeds it thinks I might like), a timeline widget, and a vFolder-like concept (saved searches) like Evolution has.

It should also be able to weight graphics-heavy posts a bit higher — think comics and photo-blogs. Most reblogged stuff is text-only, so graphic intensive posts would probably be interesting, easy to scan, and most likely original.

Feed readers need to take the next step. I want the reader to tell me what’s cool and what I should look at. I want it to know what I find interesting and tailor my stream of feeds to my constant updating profile.

Having these features would be great and would, as a bonus, save so much time.

7 Responses to “Intelligent RSS/Atom feed reader”

  1. Doesn’t Liferea already have virtual folder support like Evolution?

  2. Yep, Liferea is a very good feed reader. It uses the Gecko engine to display posts, so it’s very good at displaying graphics-heavy posts. It supports search, vfolders, grouping (directories (!= folders)), etc, etc

    Try it : 😛

    – Sam

  3. Right on. The three-paned RSS reader is pretty primitive. I want one that presents things based on my habits. I don’t want to micromanage my feeds by marking individual articles as read. A rating system like iTunes might help it be smarter about determining what I want to read.

  4. I think that you hit the nail on the head Garrett. This is something that I have been hearing people start to clamor more for, including myself. There has got to be a better way to manage my feeds. I am currently sitting at 107 feeds, and I do spend way too much time trying to manage it all. BTW I have been using bloglines to handle my feeds now. I had been using Feed on Feeds.

  5. Temboz and FeedReactor are trying to do something smart with the feeds they read. Temboz can actually be installed and used (I tried), while FeedReactor is mostly still an interesting experiment (the author says so).

    Myself at the moment I prefer using Kinja: it’s simple, but it fits my needs.

  6. Some good ideas here. I’ve been working on read4me that does bayesian filtering on RSS feeds. I think the google-like grouping would be a good enhancement for something like this

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