February 11, 2008

Dear LazyWeb, Won't Somebody Notice RSSMeme's Updates?

When RSSMeme debuted on February 6th, I took a look at developer Benjamin Golub's ReadBurner competitor, and believed that while it had done a great job scraping ReadBurner's features, there were a number of ways the fledgling service had come up short. Listening to my feedback, and that of others, Golub has continued to make updates, often multiple times a day, in a race to catch up, and in some way surpass, the efforts of ReadBurner.

In the ensuing week or so, RSSMeme has seen the debut of overall statistics, the ability to search by user name or source (See: search for author: "louis"), and added filters by how long it has been since the story was published, how many total shares it received, and highlighting the fact that every feed has its own dedicated page.

Not so bad for a week's work.

Responding to my original story, Golub also was quick to highlight that the service offers pages for individual authors, pages for tags, etc. Essentially, every single page on the site has its own custom feed, an amazing level of flexibility.

Cooler still, RSSMeme debuted an option to find similar users, based on stories you share, and the ability to view all the shares for a specific site.

See that for louisgray.com here:

If that weren't enough development to keep him busy, Golub has also been working on a service that interacts with Twitter whereby you can ask questions to Twitter users en masse, by using the username @dearlazyweb. If you tweet to @dearlazyweb and ask a question, that question will be posted to dearlazy.com, showing the person's icon who asked the question, and displaying any answers. In fact, Dear LazyWeb got some love today from the official Twitter Blog. (See: Lazy Much? and Golub's note, dearlazyweb Made the Twitter Blog!)

If you use Twitter and have a question for the field, it's certainly one option. I gave it a shot a few days ago, and while it wasn't the LazyWeb that gave me a response, I did get noticed and got my question answered.

Not so bad for one guy who looks like he's innovating for the sheer fun of it, seeing what kind of services he can offer through attacking technology head-on. We'll keep watching both services, and see if ReadBurner will feel compelled to respond to the moves made by RSSMeme in the last week.


  1. Thanks for the updated post! Don't worry; I'm not done with either of those services yet.

  2. hey Louis, how come Feedheads gets no love anymore?? ...been working on stuff.. you'll see soon enough :D

  3. To me, Feedheads just works. I highlighted when you changed the name, and when you hit 10,000 users, but I think those stats are hiding now? Feedheads is too dang good already.

  4. RSSmeme is rocking the javascript now; I have more ideas coming (click on a Read More link to have the article loaded right then and there without navigating to a new page)

  5. The "read more" link is now live! I am going to play around with it more today to get the user experience to be a little more fluid (ie if you are in "none" mode and click read more it switches that story to "some", clicking it again should load "all"...but it doesn't yet)

  6. Ok, now the read more link turns into a read even more link after you click it once in preview 'none' mode which lets you get the full story.

    Javascript isn't as bad as I thought it would be :P