Tivo-like ‘thumbs-up’ for my aggregator?

I build my blogroll while reading blogs – that is, when I follow a link to an interesting blog entry, and it appears that the owner talks about stuff I’m interested in, I’ll subscribe to that blog.

Now, sometimes I’m right, and I find the future entries very interesting.  Sometimes I’m wrong, and they are less so.  Since I have hundreds of subscriptions, I can’t really remember which ones are the ‘good’ ones and which ones are the, um, ‘less good’ ones.  (Of course, I have a few favorites that I recognize.)

What I’d like to be able to do is tell my aggregator (currently NewsGator), that “I like this entry – thumbs up on the feed”; or “this entry doesn’t interest me – thumbs down”.  The aggregator could keep a running tally of thumbs for each subscription, (and here is the best part) it could then sort the feeds by ranking.  Subscriptions that have historically been the most interesting to me would be at the top, and the others at the bottom.

This would also make it easier to trim my blogroll; I could just start at the bottom of the list and ask myself if I really want to continue each of those subscriptions.

Comments (17)
  1. An interesting idea – but you’d probably have to implement categories in the rankings, in order to keep someone like me happy. I’d like to be able to mark them thumbs up or down, but also to specify the category that they are in, so when i’m interested in development stuff, i look at my development rankings, or when i’m interested in fun-random stuff, i look at that category.

  2. I already implemented this in my web based aggregator which will be opened very soon. Stay tuned.

  3. vinnie tripodi says:

    how about being able to track changes within a conversation in a particular blog entry… like this one. bueller?

  4. Interesting idea. If you had a web-based system to track the ratings, it would be pretty easy to write a NewsGator extension to interface with it…

  5. Vinnie, I get an e-mail every time someone adds a comment to my blog; so that’s not a problem.

  6. vinnie tripodi says:

    goodie for you 🙂

    I, meaning Vinnie, is interested in this conversation. I want to track it!

  7. Vinnie, gotcha – perhaps the blog host could automatically send mail to every participant on a discussion thread. Alternatively, there could be a "subscribe to comments on this blog entry" button that would let folks opt in.

  8. vinnie tripodi says:

    it would be nice to have that feature be part of Newsgator (which is awesome as is). that way i don’t have to rely on the blog host. greg could poll for updates to conversations. think i’ll head over to gregs site and hit his suggestion box.

  9. Vinnie, the easiest way to follow this particular conversation is to subscribe to the comment feed for this post:


  10. Roy says:

    Actually, this was something similar that I was adding to some blog software (ala .Text) that I am working on. It basically has a web service that you can call with the article ID and a rating (1 to 10, but could be a thumbs up/down thing).

  11. It would be nice if NewsGator offered a more convenient way to subscribe to the comments on an entry. It could be as easy as a CSS hack to show a "subscribe to comments" button on the entry in the preview pane. Finding the correct comment RSS URL right now is not very discoverable. (and of course each blog host probably has its own way of doing it, assuming it supports comment subscription at all.)

  12. Steve says:

    I love the idea. I always thought of implementing this in PocketFeed: Basically, similar to iTunes or Windows Media Libary, where you could "rate" a feed. The higher the rating, it would bubble up to the top, etc.

    You could then do content filtering/searching like "favorite feeds", "feeds i havent hit in days’, etc.

  13. Rich C says:

    You’ve got my vote! Maybe when I get done with school, I would have time for this.

    On the other hand, since I’m sure that there are no other feature ideas for NewsGator, Greg will probably have it done by then :).

  14. I’ve had lots of trouble balancing my time online lately, between blog reading, publishing and code writing. Although I don’t use the bloglines update notifier, I leave bloglines opened in a tab and check it regularly. Unlike Steve Gillmor, who also is a confessed RSS addict, I can’t bear leaving items un-read for as long as a day. But as my subscriptions continue to grow, I spend less time hacking and publishing. Its feels like being an information junky, in need of a quick fix. And like channel hopping on TV or junk food, it leaves an after-taste of dissatisfaction….

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