My previous post on coping with information overload was probably too much theory and no actual tools (even no fancy pictures). So I decided to do small follow-up about online service that may help you deal with giant RSS feeds.
AideRSS takes any RSS feed, does some calculations and assigns so-called PostRank for each post. Sounds simple but there are lots of issues here.
AideRSS takes feed and looks on each post. It tries to get information from actual post (number of comments) and social media (digg, delicious, google, etc). Claims to track number of clicks in RSS readers but there is no mention of ones used.
You don’t see actual process and most of info (only few values like number of comments are shown) but in the end each posts get 1-10 score. These scores are only valid for specific feed:
- 1.0 is usual post for this feed;
- 10.0 is one of the bests posts in this feed.
Main problem is that feeds only have 10-15 latest posts. AideRSS keeps tracking feed after first submission so:
- wait for some time before looking at data, let it accumulate decent number of posts;
- if you are publisher (blogger) submit your feed even if you don’t plan to use service.
Overall calculations may be not very accurate. There are lots of complains about it missing comments, bookmarks and such. Again - the more data it has the better results are going to be.
There is plenty of different things you can actually do with results - sign of good service in my opinion.
You can simply take a look on site on latest post or filtered lists (good, great, best, top 20).
They seem to promote PostRank system outside their own service as well so there is info on integrating it with NewsGator Online and Google Reader.
Use it with giant feeds from sites that produce dozens of posts per day or mashup feeds from multiply sites. Suitable for analyzing your own feed as well.
Don’t use it with usual feeds from separate sites or blogs - you are going to miss too much.
Discovered via problogger visit for brief video overview of AideRSS.
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