Over the past week, I’ve been playing around with RSS news
aggregators. I think I’ve settled (for now) on Spaces (www.dynamicobjects.com).
It’s actually a full email client/PIM as well as a news aggregator.
What I really like about it is that the news posts trail in as messages in
your inbox along with the actual emails. It’s nice to only have to
look one place when I turn on my computer. And, when I search the messages
in my inbox, it takes into account almost any online material I’m
likely to have been reading.
Now, I just have to train myself not to open up my web browser and start visiting the sites for which I now know there are no updates. It sounds ridiculous, but I’ve been doing it consistently. This confirms the habitual nature of my internet-browsing behaviour.
I’ve also still been using AgentFrank (www.decafbad.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/AgentFrank) in combination with the aggregators. What I would love now is integration between something like Spaces and something like AgentFrank. I’m sure this idea would make a lot of people ill (especially the paranoid), but I would like for an AgentFrankish thing to discover what I’m looking at (repeatedly or based on semantic closeness to things I look at repeatedly) and then start pulling new items into a Spaces-esque aggregator without my asking it to. AgentFrank helps me to stop forgetting the interesting sites I find, and Spaces helps me to remember (or, more correctly, to not have to remember) to look at the interesting sites I know about. The combination of the two could be really powerful for a scatter-brained guy like me.