Dealing with feed overload – update

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Earlier in the week I blogged about how I could deal with my ever-increasing RSS feeds.

I’ve been setting up Blastfeed to filter an aggregated feed of my news sources, based on keywords. I’ve only been using it for a couple of days – first impressions of the Blastfeed system are good as it’s easy to use and seems to work.

I’m not sure it’s designed to do quite what I’m doing with it, as selecting from a large number of feed sources isn’t easy and I can’t fit many keywords into the search criteria – meaning I have had to set up a number of filtered feeds. I’d originally envisaged setting up one with some clever search terms. Having several means I often get the same post showing up in multiple feeds – if the post contains two keywords it shows up in two separate filtered feeds.

This article at 37 Signals caught my eye, as it’s discussing exactly the same problem as I’m having. The post and comments make interesting reading.

The Feeds 2.0 service that is mentioned looks interesting – as it claims to learn and filter intelligently based on what I’m interested in, rather than relying on static keywords to filter on. I’ve signed up for beta access, so hopefully that’ll come through soon so I can test it out.

I don’t think I’ve found the solution yet, but I’ll keep trying!

3 Comments on “Dealing with feed overload – update”

  1. Hello Simon,

    Thanks for your feedback. A couple of comments:

    1) The number of keywords: we indeed noticed there was a mistake in our code (string size in fields was too small). Fixed now. Hence you may input many more keywords. And this should get rid of duplicates
    2) Today we have limited the amount of feeds to watch at 50. This can be increased easily, later.
    3) We’ll enhance the search capability soon to make it richer. And we’ll use some stemming capabilities as well.

    Sorry for point #1, but this is also the whole purpose of testing.

    Patrick.

  2. Hi Patrick,
    Thanks for letting me know – I’ll try again over the next few days and let you know how I get on.

    sw

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