April 9, 2010
Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged aggregator, blogging, blogging tools, Books, DVDs, events, google, Google Alerts, music, news, RSS, RSS Feeds, Search, Syndication, topic tracker, Tracking, video, web 2.0 at 2:10 pm by tradermike
Fed up with missing events or information you care about? Are you a journalist, blogger, sports fan or plain old information junkie? If so, FaveBot.com is just what you’ve been looking for. FaveBot is a personalized software agent that searches the web and discovers the latest content matching your interests.
Michael Seneadza, the founder of FaveBot explains, “I created FaveBot because I wanted something that could do for the web what TiVo does for TV. Instead of me constantly searching for new information, FaveBot does the work for me. Now I don’t have to worry about trying to stay abreast of events calendars or the latest developments because FaveBot has me covered. You could also think of FaveBot as Google Alerts on steroids.”
FaveBot works through a complex process of “mashing up” data from several other sites. Yet that complexity is hidden from the users via a simple control panel. That control panel — the tracking list — is where users specify the topics they want to track and one or more of the following content categories for each topic:
- Events (from Eventful.com)
- Blogs (from Google Blog Search)
- New Book Releases (from Amazon.com)
- New DVDs Releases (from Amazon.com)
- New Music (CD or MP3) Releases (from iTunes and Amazon.com)
- News (from Google News Search)
- Flickr Photos
- YouTube Videos
Users can view the content that FaveBot discovers in several ways. The discoveries are listed in on FaveBot.com but may also be delivered via RSS Feeds or email.
FaveBot is a continuous search engine which scours the internet for content matching each user’s preferences. Users simply set up a list of keywords to track and FaveBot finds the latest matching content day after day. It enables users to keep abreast of the latest events, new book, music or DVD releases, podcasts, online video, news, photos and/or blog posts for each of the user’s keywords.
FaveBot was founded by software developer Michael Seneadza in 2007. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit http://favebot.com .
December 21, 2007
FaveBot as a Blogging Tool
As a long time blogger (I started in April 2003) I know how useful FaveBot can be to bloggers. In fact, it was blogging that exposed me to RSS and subscribing to content. So it wasn’t a surprise to me when I saw the following blogging tip in an interview with “Original Blogger Jorn Barger”:
Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers From Original Blogger Jorn Barger
9. Pick some favorite authors or celebrities and create a Google News feed that tracks new mentions of them, so other fans can follow them via your weblog.
Hmm, that’s exactly what you can do with FaveBot. But instead of just news, FaveBot will discover events, blog posts, photos, videos, books, music, podcasts and/or DVDs in one shot. The obvious use of FaveBot is as a research / tracking tool. You could also take any of the RSS feeds generated by FaveBot and simply display that on your blog. For example, I’m displaying my FaveBot ‘Ruby on Rails’ discoveries over in the sidebar of this blog.
You could also use a widget from the likes of Grazr, SpringWidgets or WidgetBox to display your feeds on your blog. It’s quite simple to take all the great content FaveBot discovers for you and power your blog. So whether you want to track ‘iPod Touch‘, ‘Web 2.0‘ or ‘Amy Winehouse‘, FaveBot’s got you covered.
November 10, 2007
I just turned on RSS feeds for FaveBot. So now you can view your discoveries wherever you want, not just on FaveBot’s site. If you’re unfamiliar with RSS, here’s a great video explaining what it is and why you would want to use it. For the best experience with RSS, I suggest using a full-blown feed reader. My favorite is Bloglines but many people prefer Google Reader. If you’d rather get your FaveBot discoveries delivered to you via email here are some options:
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November 8, 2007
I was hoping to keep FaveBot under the radar for another week or so. That’s because I have several changes/improvements I need to make and I wanted to do them before a lot of people started using the site. The rash of reviews this week (thanks guys!) has made me accelerate my schedule a bit. So here’s what’s changing:
- Mass Deletion — Right now users are able to delete discoveries one at a time via a button. I’m going to do away with that and instead allow users to select any of the displayed discoveries for deletion. There will be a button to ‘select all’ and another button to delete all the selected discoveries.
- RSS Feeds — At a minimum I’ll provide one RSS feed per user containing the most recent 100 of that user’s discoveries. I’ve had requests for feeds for each tracking’s discoveries as well. In other words, if I’m tracking ‘Facebook Applications’ and ‘Boston Celtics’ I’ll have access to a feed for ‘Facebook Applications’ and a feed for ‘Boston Celtics’. I’ll try to get that working this weekend but that one may take another few days.
- Book Search — You may have noticed that no book discoveries have appeared for you. That’s because I haven’t yet written the book search. That should be working by Monday.