I suppose the grouping which I did for everything (grouping all items
from one particular feed in to a 'group' for that feed) is what led to
the thought that you saw it as an 'outliner'. I do see that.
But I also agree with what you say about which feeds you want to pay
attentio to most, out of the ones you are aggregating:
I'm not that interested in reading what Fox News has to say about the
situation (unless I need a good laugh at their expense ;p)
(this is also why I display the host domain in my version, since some
of the feed titles (notably Fox News) does not say that in the feed
In my interfaces, what I'll do is make an option of how the user wants
to see the news. (it makes do difference to me what it's called
'River', 'Delta', 'Canal', 'Ladder', 'Fruitbowl' whatever ;p ) but
sometimes I want different experiences. This is also why I created a
modified version of the data to enable easier 'grouping'.
I also understand 'your' polital/marketing reason what you do not want
Facebook/Twitter/etc to be part of what you would like to see, but
personally, when I read an article about something that I'd like to
easily share with with my social networks, to get the word out as
easily as possible, that's why I'm adding that functionality in there.
I do hear ya when you talk about 'silos' though. (Look at what's
happening right now with delicious)
To me, it's more about choice, awareness, sharing, fun and usefulness
for as many people as possible.
I've always loved the concept of 'Rivers'. (Remember than animation I
did years ago? ;p ) And the notion of 'things' (media, news, audio,
video, whatever) passing by the riverbank for us to pick and choose
what we want to consume. But over the years of building these things
I've found that optional data supplies and optional interfaces are the
way to go. There's always someone who wants one thing rather than
another thing. So I like to give both.
I might even have a bash this week on building my own 'River' scripts
using PHP and MySql and open-source them so we can build on the
concept, rather than have to poll your servers all the time. Let it
evolve. See what happens. Keep digging. etc. :)
peace, and have a great New Year!
> know rivers, so look for ways to improve on thehttp://wikiriver.org/