The wrong way to avoid information (er, RSS) overload

Blerts.com is on stage right now saying they have the way to read RSS feeds.  Saying it solves information overload problems.

It’s the worst thing I’ve seen on the Demo stage so far.

Wrong way to overcome information overload. Seeing only headlines is FAR FAR FAR less productive than using a real RSS reader that shows full text. This thing only shows you headlines which means you have to click and wait to see each item. That is HORRIBLY inefficient compared to other approaches like NewsGator, Bloglines, NetNewsWire, or Google Reader.

Can you use keyboard commands to plow through your feeds like Google Reader does for me? No.

Does it give you a river of text like Google does? No.

I almost didn’t even bring this up. There’s so much better stuff coming out of Demo that deserves your attention more.

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Robert Scoble

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Comments

  1. I am partial to the river-of-text thing too, but I have big hunking folders in my FeedDemon install that I go through so that I get rivers ‘by topic’ which is more useful to me since I process so damn much information. When I have ~400 political blog entries queued up by mid-afternoon, I don’t want those mixed in with my 500 stories about various shiny gadgets and widgets, or with my local Boston news. You know?

  2. I am partial to the river-of-text thing too, but I have big hunking folders in my FeedDemon install that I go through so that I get rivers ‘by topic’ which is more useful to me since I process so damn much information. When I have ~400 political blog entries queued up by mid-afternoon, I don’t want those mixed in with my 500 stories about various shiny gadgets and widgets, or with my local Boston news. You know?

  3. You’re serious? They got up and gave a demo of this?

    Aside from the fancy graphics, the actual code to make something like this is… ridiculously short and easy.

    It looks like what someone would do for a school project.

  4. You’re serious? They got up and gave a demo of this?

    Aside from the fancy graphics, the actual code to make something like this is… ridiculously short and easy.

    It looks like what someone would do for a school project.

  5. I think an interesting idea for your blog is to get everyone to post which RSS feeds they read daily.

    It would be interesting to see what kind of information your readers are interested in, and it will also allow the rest of us to be exposed to blogs we don’t usually read.

  6. I think an interesting idea for your blog is to get everyone to post which RSS feeds they read daily.

    It would be interesting to see what kind of information your readers are interested in, and it will also allow the rest of us to be exposed to blogs we don’t usually read.

  7. I agree I don’t see the value og Blerts also it requires me to download and install their software on my computer. So how do I get access to my feeds when I’m not using the computer I installed Blerts on? I would then have to install it on every computer I want to use. Good luck doing that at the public computer at the airport and how do I check my feeds on my smartphone? The whole thing is just so lame and yesterday.

    I would much rather have an intelligent RSS Reader that over time learned my habits and interest. Maybe using some of the same technology that Amazon is using and/or the technology Google is using for their spamfilter… like I have written about on my blog ;)
    RIO – RSS Information Overload

  8. I agree I don’t see the value og Blerts also it requires me to download and install their software on my computer. So how do I get access to my feeds when I’m not using the computer I installed Blerts on? I would then have to install it on every computer I want to use. Good luck doing that at the public computer at the airport and how do I check my feeds on my smartphone? The whole thing is just so lame and yesterday.

    I would much rather have an intelligent RSS Reader that over time learned my habits and interest. Maybe using some of the same technology that Amazon is using and/or the technology Google is using for their spamfilter… like I have written about on my blog ;)
    RIO – RSS Information Overload

  9. I completely agree with Robert on Blerts. I’ve checked out their site and have looked into their format. I’m not a big Google Reader user, although I will check into it more since I’m looking for the best “river of news” viewer out there. Currently using Attensa 2.1 w/ Outlook 2007 and loving it, but I can see the benefit of using a web-based service so my viewer and content will follow me no matter where I go. Kasper, Attensa is already attempting to do what you’re blogging about. The sell an RSS appliance to enterprises but make the end-user software available for free as a plug-in for Outlook. The feeds self-prioritize over time depending upon your habits

  10. I completely agree with Robert on Blerts. I’ve checked out their site and have looked into their format. I’m not a big Google Reader user, although I will check into it more since I’m looking for the best “river of news” viewer out there. Currently using Attensa 2.1 w/ Outlook 2007 and loving it, but I can see the benefit of using a web-based service so my viewer and content will follow me no matter where I go. Kasper, Attensa is already attempting to do what you’re blogging about. The sell an RSS appliance to enterprises but make the end-user software available for free as a plug-in for Outlook. The feeds self-prioritize over time depending upon your habits

  11. Stay tuned, article level attention will debut soon in both Attensa for Outlook 2007 (public beta around the corner) and other new products. Attensa pioneered feed level ranking based on attention but the real pay off with our attentionstream technology is at the article level. Please let us know what you think, it will be annnounced soon.

  12. Stay tuned, article level attention will debut soon in both Attensa for Outlook 2007 (public beta around the corner) and other new products. Attensa pioneered feed level ranking based on attention but the real pay off with our attentionstream technology is at the article level. Please let us know what you think, it will be annnounced soon.