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Shawn Blanc:

And so, could this hypothetical service take all that information, put it into a database, and then find and recommend things for me to read? I think yes. That’d be the easy part. The hard part is if the service could pick out articles for me as well as Pandora can at pick out songs, or as well as Netflix can pick out 4-star movies. Now, wouldn’t that be something?

Services like Feedly, Feedbin, and Feed Wrangler have pretty much nailed the filesystem of news idea of RSS readers (with some unique differences, as Shawn outlines for Feed Wrangler).

The next step is discovery of relevant and personalized news in an RSS-based environment. No one seems to be doing that quite right at this point and there are a lot of services and technologies that may be using RSS in the backend but that are trying different proprietary approaches. Flipboard with magazines and top stories; Zite with algorithms; Feedly with popular feeds; others with lightweight Twitter and Facebook integrations.

My primary concern is that a feature such as the one envisioned by Shawn – which I'd love, by the way – would require a tremendous amount of scale, data, analysis, time, and, ultimately, resources, which I'm not sure an independently developed feed reader could ever have (or pull off properly). But, yes, that sort of news recommendation inside a feed reader would be fantastic.

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barajas
2658 days ago
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I think he's thinking of NewsBlur.
Rochester, NY
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If you call my regular number, it just goes to my pager.
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barajas
2661 days ago
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Since switching to Windows Phone two weeks ago, this is pretty much my life.
Rochester, NY
aaronwe
2661 days ago
Welcome to why I dumped my Lumia 900.
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VioletGray
2656 days ago
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Sounds about right
Gent/Bucharest
jhamill
2660 days ago
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I do my best work through voicemail.
California
chrisrosa
2660 days ago
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xkcd continues to speak the truth. #communication
San Francisco, CA
tedder
2660 days ago
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I don't answer unknown calls. I'm about to stop accepting voicemail.
Uranus
jezbian
2660 days ago
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YES YES YES. this is one reason it's hard to plan anything for more than 2 people these days - everyone communicates in so many varied ways!!!
FarrelBuch
2660 days ago
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And I thought I was the only one who had these issues
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
MSex
2661 days ago
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Isso tem acontecido comigo. Particularmente com uma combinação de SMS, Viber e WhatsApp.
galmeida
2661 days ago
nem me fala, WhatsApp should die
aaronwe
2661 days ago
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I resemble that comic.
Denver
lrwrp
2661 days ago
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I think this is what it's like trying to contact me.
??, NC
RAddisonJones
2661 days ago
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He forgot smoke signal...
Atlanta, Georgia
rjstegbauer
2661 days ago
And telegrams...but I guess you would need a time machine for that now.
jbondjr
2660 days ago
This hits a little close to home
mrobold
2661 days ago
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This sounds pretty accurate these days.
Orange County, California
NickDegens
2661 days ago
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Nice!
adamgurri
2661 days ago
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LOL
New York, NY
euser
2661 days ago
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Last one is RFC1149 in action :)
Berlin
codersquid
2661 days ago
I don't think owls would make good carriers. You need to be able to change the magic axiom in our reality.
ghling
2661 days ago
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Alt text: "If you call my regular number, it just goes to my pager."
jimwise
2661 days ago
(Thank you!)
wffurr
2661 days ago
Another RSS reader I used on Android had a neat feature for xkcd. Alt text would appear if you tapped on the image. Press is the app.
jimwise
2661 days ago
Yeah -- Reeder (google reader client for iOS) did similar. One thing I missed since switching to NB. Guess I should put in a feature request...
2661 days ago
You're a god amongst men.
cbenard
2661 days ago
Hey guys, I created a Yahoo Pipe RSS feed you can subscribe to with the alt text below it. http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=b3b7b8405296690257c7c311cc4fc2fd&_render=rss
cbenard
2661 days ago
You can look at the source of the Pipe here (but don't try to subscribe to this url; use the rss url I previously posted): http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=b3b7b8405296690257c7c311cc4fc2fd
reconbot
2661 days ago
The problem with the pipes feed is that all the comments are on this feed
cbenard
2661 days ago
@reconbot, yeah I will stay subscribed to this as well. I just made it to make it easy to see on a mobile device without having to rely on people to post the alt text in the comments. :)