Social RSS Readers


An RSS start up by the name of Attensa recently received 12 million dollars in funding, and promises to offer social recommending features and news clustering within their feed reader service. Here is a brief description:

By intelligently analyzing information about RSS articles and how readers are interacting with the articles, the Attensa RSS network can deliver more relevant, timely information ...

Using Attensa network attention streams that accommodate the Attention.xml standard, metadata is ... triangulated through collaborative filtering to deliver the most relevant information.

By sharing, aggregating and triangulating the attention streams (anonymously and in near real-time) generated by the millions of people using RSS feeds ... [Attensa will] create privacy protected anonymous user profiles, based on permission, that can recommend content, refine blog and Website searching, and enhance the experience of tracking the news that matters ...

Does using social filtering just provide another feedback loop to place more weight on the top sites and popular stories? Will people eventually subscribe mainly to search feeds or feed themes instead of individual sites?

So far I have primarily used Google Feed Reader, FeedDemon, and Bloglines.

A friend once recommended Rojo, which I guess has some social features to it, but unfortunately I have not yet.

What RSS readers do you use? Why do you like them? What would you like to see in a feed reader that the current ones lack?


Strange timing for funding Outlook-based RSS reader?

I wonder if the timing is a little off here for a MS Outlook-based aggregator when Microsoft has announced native support for RSS in the coming version.


I'm still using Bloglines and for the most part I'm happy with it. I have found one or two good feeds by looking at other subscriber's lists so I guess that is the scocial aspect, but I find many more from the posts linked to and recommended here at TW and other blogs. I also use myYahoo, but not very much anymore.

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