I use several services to stay on top of industry tropics and trends. However, combing through all the feeds, tweets, and bookmarks can get overwhelming. I’m not ready to make cuts (what if we miss the “it” story or application?), but it would be nice to filter out the riffraff.
That’s the idea behind Popego, a social aggregator that only serves up content that is relevant to your interests. The service is free, and it takes about 2 minutes to setup your personal feed (maybe longer for the true social service junkie). Simply tell Popego what your interests are (technology? health? entertainment?) and which, if any, tags you want to include/exclude from you personal tag cloud. Next, plugin the web services you subscribe too. Popego works with:
- Google Reader
- Friend Feed
- Flickr & Picasa
- YouTube & Vimeo
- Digg & StumbleUpon
- And more…
You can also adjust the level of influence certain web services have over your tag cloud.
When everything is to your liking, flip the switch, and Popego will generate your personal feed (http://popego.com/username). This displays stories by relevance (percentage of interest match) and can be filtered by video, posts, or links. You can also access content through your personal tag cloud.
The more you interact with Popego, the more it learns. For example, my primary focus is web applications and new media. I want to know what’s new and how to use it. I’m less interested in venture funding and social commentary, but I don’t want to discount these articles all together. By rating the content Popego serves up and fine-tuning my internal settings, I can actually train the service to focus on my interests.