Late last week a new tool was unveiled in the war against Blog RSS Overload: Fever. Here’s how they describe this new tool on their website:
Your current feed reader is full of unread items. You’re hesitant to subscribe to any more feeds because you can’t keep up with your existing subs. Maybe you’ve even abandoned feeds altogether.
Fever takes the temperature of your slice of the web and shows you what’s hot.
Users of Bscopes and readers of the Bscopes Blog may find this familiar. This is great. For too long now, we’ve felt like the only ones trying to do something radical with the existing feed reader approach. Shaun Inman seems to be a kindred spirit. Someone who is also frustrated trying to keep up with the information overload. It is good to see that he’s trying to do something about it too.
Dan Romero at TechCrunch has a nice write up about all this too which expresses this hope:
Fever is a hot new RSS reader that aims to cure “second inbox syndrome, unread item guilt, and unbold elbow.” In other words, the common plights of the modern RSS power user.
I’ve heard the first two terms, but “unbold elbow” is a new one. I like that term, and if you don’t mind too much Dan, I might just use it from time to time. I hope that having more people focused on solving the problem of Blog Overload for those RSS Power Users will help to let those overwhelmed users know that help is available to them.
Good luck to Shaun and to all of us out there trying to keep from drowning in this sea of RSS feeds.
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