Personal News Filtering

October 3rd, 2008 | by bryan |

With the explosion of information sources on the internet, it’s becoming more and more important to have good filters in place. If you don’t, you can quickly become overwhelmed with the increasing volume of information. ReadPath has taken several different approaches to providing the best environment for reading and sharing without becoming overwhelmed.

First and foremost, personal recommendations outweigh anything that a computer can forseeably do. This is why sharing features are very important. Being able to quickly and easily share stories and ideas with your friends and family is a great way to make sure you’re getting the best information. To foster discussion, where a large percentage of people just aren’t comfortable exposing their thoughts and ideas to the world, but want to keep them among a known group of people, ReadPath offers private comments. Now you can discuss topics without having to be concerned about your words living forever in a Google cache visible to the world.

ReadPath also offers personalized filters for each user. As you subscribe to information sources and read stories, ReadPath is able to score stories based on what you like or dislike. This scoring system is specific to each user so that your scoring is not impacted by what other users think. If you’re a huge fan of Beethoven, then stories about Beethoven and classical music will rise to the top.

What the scoring also allows you to do is to filter items that are under a certain threshold. So if you have 3,000 unread items, you’ll be able to see that only 100 items are really of interest to you. You can set ReadPath to only show the “Top Rated” items which will hide the 2,900 stories that are really just noise. Each user is able to set their own threshold and adjust it as they see fit.

All of these features come together to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your reading time and that you’re free to have the highest quality discussions.


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