Traditional RSS readers are very useful, but they have a major shortcoming. Most just deliver a firehose of content from each online source (i.e., RSS feed) that you’ve subscribed to. This is fine in cases where a source is focused on just a few select topics and produces just several articles a week. But in the fight for readers’ attention, the most successful sources (e.g., blogs, news sources) have diversified their content and now produce dozens, if not 100s, of articles per day. This leads to information overload. The result is that users of RSS readers often accumulate backlogs of thousands of unread articles. In some cases, they’ve given up on readers all together. There must be a better way!
At Intigi, we think we’ve found a better solution. Much like a typical RSS reader you can add RSS feeds (or your Twitter account) so you can monitor specific online sources or social media accounts. Unlike typical RSS readers, however, Intigi provides sophisticated filtering technology. You can filter feeds and feed content by relevancy, using one or more keywords. You can also filter content by popularity (i.e., the extent to which the content was shared on social media). With these filtering mechanisms, you can now subscribe to 100s or 1000s of RSS feeds and just extract the most relevant and popular content.
Below I provide a walkthrough of submitting your RSS feeds to Intigi and then filtering the content by relevancy (using keywords) and popularity (using social media sharing).
1. After you’ve created an Intigi account, click the “Sources” top menu item.
2. Next, submit an RSS feed, upload an OMPL file (e.g., from Google Reader), or connect a Twitter account.
3. Next, create a new interest by clicking “Create Interest” on the left.
4. Then enter your keywords and select a preset filter (e.g., “Popular (24 hrs)”) or select custom settings.
The information overload problem is solved. Now you can monitor 1000s of RSS feeds and your Twitter account and easily find the most relevant and popular content.
Please give Intigi a try, and please email us at email@example.com with your questions or feedback.