Another pitch for River of News
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Dave Winer.
  • I know most of the developers working on replacing Google Reader are doing just that -- creating products and services that do more or less exactly what Google Reader does.
  • But there is another kind of aggregator, river of news, and its needs are pretty simple, compared to the Google Reader approach which requires synchronization among different clients. If I had the time here's the software I would write.
  • A feed scanner that accepts OPML subscription lists and generates river.js files.
  • This is the core of a River of News aggregator. It doesn't say how to display it, but there's an excellent jQuery app that does this, written by a group of developers led by Nicolas Gallagher. And it also leaves subscription management to other tools.
  • It would be great if this core feed engine could easily be deployed in an EC2 instance and very lean so it could scan lots of feeds for lots of users.
  • It would be really nice to have this simple problem solved once and for all. And it's relatively simple compared to the problems of synching.
  • For some reason this isn't being discussed. It should be. River of News may not be the only way to read RSS-based news, but it's a good way. And for some people such as myself, it's the only one we need.