Monday, February 18, 2008

Finding, then filtering blogs

We discuss blog applications and platforms. But, out of the millions of blogs, how do you find one you want? This post gives tips on searching for blogs on a given topic.

Once you find a good blog, you can subscribe to its RSS feed. But, instead of getting notification of every post, you might want to filter the feed, only receiving notification of the better ones. offers one approach to feed filtering. They compute a postrank score, and only include high-scoring posts in the feed.

Try Aiderss pagerank pagerank filtering on a blog that you read, and see whether you agree with its selection of the best posts. Aidrss is an attempt to cut down on information overload -- do you feel overwhelmed by a flood of information?


  1. Thanks for sharing with us this you call- Aiderss... Actually, I just heard this and i want to try it sometimes this week. By the way, how RSS feed relevant to every blog? I can't still see any importance on those RSS feed. Some use it for blogging. Since they can’t update everyday, they use RSS feed to run with their blogs.

  2. If you subscribe to the RSS feed of a blog, you will be notified whenever a new item is posted. In the case of this blog, the notification can be by email or can be seen using an RSS reader. You can also subscribe to a feed of an audio version of the blog.

    RSS can be used to notify users of any event, not only blog posts. For example, you could use it for automatic notification when a database, wiki or Web forum was updated.

    Several of these course notes cover RSS.