Topic-Based RSS Search LazyFeed Opens to the Public

Lori Halley 26 August 2009 2 comments

LazyFeed is a new RSS feed engine based on topics, not sources or individuals, that offers a new way to find information online  blogs, news services, podcasts, social media updates, and so on — content from any site that publishes an RSS feed. The search tool has been in beta for the last couple of months, open to new users by invitation only while its developers gathered feedback from early users. Now, as of August 25, LazyFeed is available to the public.

At first I wasn’t sure that LazyFeed would be a truly useful tool — not unless you wanted to track celebrity gossp, or sports scores, or such — but I soon changed my mind.  Over the past few weeks, LazyFeed has helped me to discover a few new non-profit and/or technology blogs, keep an eye on Twitter chat, and even catch a few media stories that I’d otherwise likely have missed.

Introduction and Tour of LazyFeed’s Real-time Topic Feed Engine

The most efficient way to explain LazyFeed is probably to point you the quick video tour of LazyFeed by Louis Gray that served as my own introduction:


Since the beta release (and since Gray’s video was created) LazyFeed has made some significant changes in response to user feedback, as outlined in the email announcing its public launch:

1. Status Bar : We now have a status bar at the bottom of the page, which makes it easy to navigate. You can easily access “Topics for Lazy Me” and “Saved Stuff” from here.

2. Personalization : If you don’t want to see contents from certain sources, you can block them easily by using “block this source” feature.

3. Sharing : You can now share your interesting discoveries with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and with Email. You only need one click to do this, so try it!

For more information, you can view an updated video tour of LazyFeed by its CEO, Ethan Gahng, or try out the topic-based RSS search tool for yourself at LazyFeed.com — no invitation code is needed.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Wednesday, 26 August 2009 at 9:36 AM

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Comments

  • Ethan Gahng said:

    Wednesday, 26 August 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Rebecca, thanks for the great post. Found this post through Lazyfeed "RSS" tag that I saved. I use it for entertainment purpose, but people seem to like it as a research tool too. As I mentioned in the video, there are lots of fun ways of using Lazyfeed. It just takes some experiments with keywords :)

  • Sarah Bray said:

    Wednesday, 26 August 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Nice...will definitely check it out! Thanks, Rebecca!

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