Dave Sifry IMed me to draw my attention to Technorati’s new Favorites, which I was looking at just then, in the form of my pal, Doc Searls:
Dave told me that the whole idea had real legs:
- Technorati users can each create their own favorites, as well as look at the favorites of other well-known bloggers like Doc. (This suggests a future social dimension, where people get to look at the Favorites of their Favorites, right?)
- Users can enable their blogs or websites with a recently-updated list of posts from favorites, which is perhaps more interesting that a static blogroll. There is an associated seach capability, allowing readers to find stuff, limited to the context of the Favorites domain.
- Of course, each user can simply use the Favorites at Technorati as a time-sequenced stream of all posts from all your favorite blogs.
I immediately created a favorites list from the stuff I have been most actively reading, and embedded it over there in the left margin as a widget (small formatting glitch, which I hope they will work out soon).
I will see how it works to take the RSS feed from my favorites as the starting point of my daily wandering around, but it seems a better approach than the alternatives.
Dave also tells me that they at work on a dynamic version of the favorites, based on what you are linking to in your blogging. Now that sounds really optimal. I don’t have to think about updating my blogroll over time, no value judgments: its just based on the empirical realities of what I am linking to. I can’t wait.
Technorati must be on the verge of creating a client, to depose the RSS readers. The perfect scenario: getting delivered to me, on my desktop, exactly what I would like to read if I only could have looked inthe future and decided what was most pertinent. Well, one take at the closest approximation to that is likely to be based on the most recent pattern of the links I am creating. Neat.