2004.07.16

We continue to hack away at our aggregator, originally based on Feed on Feeds, it doesn’t quite resemble it anymore and my changes aren’t exactly neat little patches. (I’m considering calling it “thehomer” but we’ll see.)

So these are some of the features it has today, or I’ve been thinking about trying to add:

  • Per-feed poll frequency, variable depending on the feed itself
  • Per-feed purge times, some items I want to save forever, some I want just a few days
  • Ratings, similar to iTunes, so if I was in a hurry I could just choose to read the feeds/items designated as 5 *’s
  • Thumbs up/down rating system for items
  • IM notifications, alert me via IM (Jabber or AIM perhaps) about certain events/things/etc…
  • XFN, so I could do interesting things based off of the feeds/items from people I have some relationship with
  • del.icio.us integration, currently I can add an item to del.icio.us with one click. There’s more to do here of course, like doing an md5 on the url, and hitting del.icio.us to see who else links to it…
  • Technorati integration, currently I can do a Technorati Cosmos search with one click
  • Google integration, currently I can do a Google “realted” search and find items Google thinks are related to an item. Eventually I’d like to do something a bit more advanced with the Google API)
  • Click counts, which keep track of how many times I click on something leading to another site.
  • Temporary subscriptions, so when you add a feed you can choose how long you’ll be subscribed to it. (Great for comment feeds!)
  • blo.gs integration, I’m currently using Phil’s PHP Blogroll to pull in data, as well as providing a live link to blo.gs update list. (Still contemplating tighter integration here, possibly for marking things as read after visiting a site)

I’ve read through some of the ideas that l.m. had (see "Info Freako, or who’s already past arguing about syndication formats?") as well as stuff Rogers had (see "Wanted: Gluttonous RSS Feeders") and looked at the feature sets of a number of existing aggregators. There’s a lot of good ideas out there!

I’ve also grabbed SimpleAggregator, Andrew’s Feed Reader and Auto-Blogroll, and should read up on Temboz while I’m at it too!

I guess when it comes down to it, the aggregator is becoming a Total Information Portal, to some degree, and maybe Knowledge Management is more where things are heading. I’m really not sure, but I find it quite fascinating.

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