Screenshots of Fever
Intelligent feed readers don’t really exist. I’m terrified to open my Google Reader account, there are a gabillion unread messages and it just stresses me out. An intelligent feed reader would be one that filters out what you should read from what you could read. I’ve been looking, and Shaun Inman’s Fever is all I can find. This feed reader tells you what’s ‘hot’, and it gets better as you add more sources. Unfortunately, it seems to have serious limitations.
For one thing, it costs $30 and seems to take an annoying half-hour to setup up on your own server. Since it’s not open-source, it looks like the ideas won’t be developed too much further. Still, it’s a really good idea.
Fever seems to work (I haven’t tested it and there is no demo) by running a sort of feed democracy. You have a set of must-read feeds called ‘Kindling’ and lesser feeds called ‘Sparks’. If enough Sparks start talking about something, that starts a fire and races up the charts. Very cool.
Still, to expensive and too much of a closed system. In my experience with this type of solution, there’s always one niggling problem with the user experience and no way to fix it. In this case it seems that the ‘hot’ finder only works on all your fields, not per category. Also, it doesn’t seem to have a quick way to retweet or share something cool that you find.
So, are there any other intelligent feed readers out there? With the surfeit of news out there, it seems like an idea whose time has come.
Al3x has a more interesting and insightful review of Fever here