Archive for September, 2007

Kick-Ass Facebook News Application

September 25, 2007

Antlook has quietly released News for Facebook. Antlook’s personalized news feed is almost eerily good and the move to Facebook takes Antlook in an interesting direction.

Coupling Antlook’s powerful recommendation engine with Facebook’s social graph adds a fun social dimension to news reading. Friends see each other’s reading in their Facebook feeds. And, as one’s Facebook friends join Antlook’s internal social network, they influence their friends’ personal news feeds just by reading.

Check it out.


Geeky Personalized RSS Service FeedHub Grinds to Crawl

September 25, 2007

At DEMOfall yesterday, mSpoke announced FeedHub a Personalized RSS service that purportedly takes an OPML file and creates a personalized RSS feed. After an annoying registration process that requires YAP (yet another password) and uploading an OPML file, a magic personalized RSS URL is created. Unfortunately, the only content on the feed is this:

If you just created your feed, don’t worry — we’re choosing some great content based on what we’ve learned from your OPML.

Important note! Because of the enthusiastic response to our launch at DEMOFall this week, we are a bit overwhelmed with the number of new feeds being created and are actively beefing up our infrastructure to meet the demand. While you can normally expect to see new content in your feed every 3-4 hours, it will currently take 24 hours to start getting content in your new feed.

(emphasis mine)

Sigh. I’d like to evaluate the quality of their personalization, but that’ll have to wait for another day.

Scoble reports that it doesn’t work for him.