Ilya emailed me this morning that NewsGator Online had added aideRSS PostRank to their sort options. The cool thing about this is that you don’t need a plugin to use it. So unlike the GoogleReader version, you don’t have to use Firefox to take advantage to PostRank within NGO. Also, while this is limited to the top 1000 feeds on NGO (wonder if I’m in there), they have this available when you click any folder including your all feeds view. This makes for some pretty powerful filtering.
Let me show you how things look for my 900 feeds.
First just headlines sorted by date (not grouped by feed):
Now sorted by PostRank:
You can click the images for the larger version, but notice in the section image there are little PostRank bars there to give you an idea of how popular the article is.
Marshall Kirkpatrick–another fan of both aideRSS and NewsGator products (NetNewsWire for him)–has an in-depth review of this innovation and some good commentary on the limitations:
The AideRSS processing is limited at launch to the 1000 most subscribed-to blogs in Newsgator. That means this is good for casual use, but one of the biggest benefits of AideRSS is its ability to process any RSS feed. I regularly use it to filter obscure blogs or blogsearch feeds, for example. You can imagine the processing power that would require though. Starting with the 1000 most popular feeds sounds like a great solution to me.
Right now it’s only Newsgator Online where this integration is available – not, for example in NetNewsWire. Since the company’s desktop products sync with its online and mobile readers – it would be great if users could read at home on the desktop readers (which are some of the best products on the market) and then read just AideRSS filtered highlights on the road by mobile.
We’ll see where this goes, but for now I would recommend exporting your feeds out of whatever reader you currently use, importing them into a Newsgator Online account and giving the AideRSS view a try. It’s pretty handy and OPML makes it very easy to try out.
I agree that the top 1000 to start is good and also can’t wait until I can use it within FeedDemon (I’m pretty sure Nick has this on the docket). I’d take Marshall’s one step further though. After you export your OPML feed and import into NGO, go to aideRSS and import it there too. Why? The more feeds that are in the aideRSS system, the better it works for all of us. The larger ecosystem of blogs, feeds, and links they have, the better PostRank will get. I refresh my feed list pretty often and I’m finding that fewer and fewer of the feeds I’m importing are new to them (last time it was only 68 of the 800+).
The way I see it, PostRank and aideRSS are the tip of the iceberg of the new tools and technologies we need to handle our information firehose.
Now, let’s get FeedDemon and NetNewsWire hooked up.