Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess


Cool Tool Alert: AideRSS
August 6, 2007, 12:16 am
Filed under: Blogging, Technology

BIG Thank You’s go out to Nathan Gilliatt, author of The Net-Savvy Executive, for his recent posting on AideRSS. According to Nathan, AideRSS is a “new RSS-filtering service designed to help people manage the volume of posts in their subscriptions. It uses a proprietary PostRank metric to group posts from a given feed into Good/Great/Best groups and creates a filtered RSS feed for each.”

The AideRSS site provides a very neat way of describing how its services work:

“Depending on your level of interest in a specific blog or a topic, AideRSS allows you to intelligently pick and filter the incoming news stream. For example, from the diagram above we can see that Dave is professional photographer, hence he likes to read all stories from the ‘Photographer Daily‘. John, on the other hand, who is currently working in the finance industry, is a photo enthusiast and loves to spend his weekends with the camera – he doesn’t want the minute details, but he wants to know what the other photographers are talking about.
In similar fashion, Bob, who is an artist by trade, likes to dabble in photography every once in a while, hence he chooses to read only the great posts. And Dan, who is an engineer, thinks that photography would be a fun hobby, and one he would like to pick up in the future – he just wants to be aware of the community hits.
We all have varying levels of interest in different topics, and AideRSS will allow you to customize your news to match your criteria. Instead of filling up your inbox with hundreds of stories, you will be able to focus your time and energy on the stories that matter. You can still use your favorite RSS reader, simply substitute our custom feed URL and you are ready to go. Alternatively, you can also track the feed on our site, find the authors best content, or flip through the archives.”

Very neat for both the blogger and the subscriber! I decided to try out Research Goddess with this service. All you have to do is provide AideRSS with your feed and it will analyze it for you. Here are my results:

If I am to understand correctly, your PostRank is determined by the number of comments, links via Bloglines, Technorati and IceRocket, and del.icio.us bookmarks. So the more comments and linkbacks you have, the higher ranked the post is. You can then customize your feed and place widgets on your site so people can select what level of interest they would like to subscribe to. The only downside to this is that a lot of times, a great article is posted but there are no comments or very few linkbacks, so the post will not be ranked high and those with a higher flitration RSS will not see the article.

The only concern I would have from a blogger’s perspective on AideRSS would be if using a program to analyze my site traffic, such as Feedburner, would subscriptions through AideRSS be missed by Feedburner or would Feedburner be able to pick those up as well? I don’t want to have to analyze my stats in lots of different places. I could not find the answer to that question on AideRSS’s site, so perhaps someone out there knows the answer to this.

Other than that, this is a sweet tool for those of us who subscribe to tons different feeds!

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