Recently, I've found myself bored with my RSS and letting it grow to the point of having three or four hundred, then going through and saving articles that looked interesting. I'd end up rinsing and repeating, eventually needing to delete even the ones I found interesting.
Tonight, I forced myself to sit down and read a few articles. I stumbled upon Robert Scoble's article, Reboot RSS redears? Sorry, that train has left the station. He discusses the flaws of RSS feeds, and how Twitter and Facebook have in some cases begun to replace the need for a feed (sorry, I just had to rhyme). He gives five insights into what he thinks will be the future of RSS:
- Tracking and filtering
- Client innovation
- Content optimization systems
- New advertising systems
- Curation tools
After reading the article, not only did I agree on his thoughts on using RSS as a brand, but I could use a few of these improvements on my end as well. I especially like the curation tools coming out as of recent. Too often curation tools rely heavily on subject matter rather than what makes a blog truly worth reading.. I want to find similar blogs based on the blogs and articles I read using subject matter and traits.
I love each blog in my RSS for different reasons.
- PSFK for it's concise writing style and innovative subjects
- The Dieline because package design is a budding interest of mine
- Live and Uncensored and Make the Logo Bigger for their snarky attitudes and combined awesomeness on their podcast, Adverve
Why can't I use Google Reader to find blogs that are: concise, innovative, design minded, has attitude, and possibly with a podcast that supplements the blog? There's Technorati or Google Blog search, but I want something that goes deeper, and searches blogs for their "inner being".