June 7, 2010

List of FaveBot Reviews

Posted in FaveBot at 1:57 pm by tradermike

Here are some of the reviews FaveBot has gotten over the years:

Plus a nice mention in this article: The Attention Age: Accelerando, Software Agents, Filters and Gatekeepers

One of the more enlightened concepts I’ve come across is FaveBot that wants to bring you the custom information you want about your favorite actors, authors and musicians.

French

Spanish

Italian

Dutch

April 9, 2010

FaveBot.com, a continuous search engine, is Like TiVo for the Web

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 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 now live and users can sign up for free today at http://favebot.com . More information is available on the FaveBot Blog at https://favebot.wordpress.com/

About FaveBot

http://favebot.com/

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 .

Contact Info:

Michael Seneadza

CEO

FaveBot

Email: favebot@gmail.com

Web: favebot.com

April 28, 2008

Problems with FireFox 3 Beta 5

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , , , , at 12:03 pm by tradermike

I just discovered that there’s an issue with using FireFox 3 Beta 5 (and possibly other beta versions) with FaveBot. If you’re using that beta version you will not be able to create new items to track. I’m trying to figure out a fix for the problem (I think it’s an issue with Prototype javascript / AJAX) but for now you’ll have to use another browser — try Firefox 2.x, IE 6 or 7 or Safari.

January 28, 2008

BlogSpot Unbanned

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , , , , at 1:50 pm by tradermike

In November I mentioned that I had to ban all blogger / blogspot blogs from FaveBot due to the high level of spam blogs (splogs). Google blog search seems to be doing a better job of filtering those splogs out so I’ve lifted the blogspot ban. I hope their spam filtering continues to improve. I’ll be watching closely.

December 21, 2007

FaveBot as a Blogging Tool

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , , , at 6:10 pm by tradermike

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.

December 11, 2007

A Sample FaveBot User Tracking Stocks, Finance & Economic Information

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , at 4:38 pm by tradermike

Here’s a post I wrote for my other blog showing how you can use FaveBot to track stock market & other financial information:

Some of you know about FaveBot.com, which I’ve been building since this summer. FaveBot is a software agent (robot) that continuously searches the web for “stuff” of interest to you. That stuff could be any of the following:

  • Local Events
  • Blog Posts
  • Books (New Releases)
  • DVDs (New Releases)
  • MP3s / CDs (New Releases)
  • News Articles
  • Photos
  • Podcasts
  • Online Videos

FaveBot can track those things for whatever topics you specify. So you could track your favorite sports teams, actors, musicians, hobbies, etc. But I wanted to show how you can use FaveBot to track stock market / finance related content. The advantage FaveBot has over, say, Yahoo Finance, is that it searches so many different media types. For example, there’s a lot of good financial content ‘buired’ in audio and video files that’s not picked up by Yahoo Finance. FaveBot will find that content for you if you choose to track podcasts and/or videos. Ditto for blogs.

To demonstrate FaveBot I set up a user, TraderMike, who’s based in New York. (the location is important for event tracking) There are two main areas of FaveBot. First is the user’s tracking list. That’s the list of topics (keywords) that the user has entered. Second is the “discoveries” list. That is the list of what FaveBot has found to match the user’s tracking list. You can choose to view all discoveries together or just the discoveries for one topic at a time.

Here’s a portion of the tracking list:

The tracking list is basically a control panel. Use the ‘New Tracking’ link to add a topic to be tracked. When you’re logged in you’ll see checkboxes next to each of your topics. You can turn those on & off from this page as well. You’ll also notice that there are numbers in parenthesis after each topic’s name. Clicking that number will take you to the discoveries for that topic. Likewise, clicking the Orange RSS button will give you the RSS feed for that topic.

Feel free to click over to FaveBot and see what it’s discovered for the 20 topics TraderMike is tracking. Here is TraderMike’s tracking list and here’s where you can see all of TraderMike’s discoveries across all his topics (equivalent to clicking the ‘discoveries’ tab when you’re logged in).

If you’d like to set up your own list, just go to the sign up page. Once you’ve got your list set you can have your discoveries sent to you via RSS (e.g. add them to your My Yahoo page) or via email. Please let me know if you have any questions and/or feedback.

November 18, 2007

BlogSpot and .info banned!

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , , , , , at 12:42 pm by tradermike

I’ve had a few people ask me why a certain blog didn’t show up in their FaveBot discoveries. Each of those blogs I was asked about was hosted on Google’s Blogger/BlogSpot service. Unfortunately I had to ban all BlogSpot blogs because of the huge amount of spam (splogs) coming from blogspot-hosted sites. Yes, this is the same problem Mark Cuban wrote about over two years ago when he was considering blocking blogspot blogs from IceRocket:

I’ve long known about the splog problem on BlogSpot but I was surprised to see so many in FaveBot’s blog search results. That’s because FaveBot is using Google Blog Search for searching blogs. I figured that Google’s sophisticated would filter out the splogs. Wrong! So I had to take matters into my own hands. I hated to do it because there are good, legitimate blogs hosted on blogspot. But the signal-to-noise ratio was just way too low.

Banning blogspot probably cut spammy results by 85%. I also had to ban all .info sites. Most bloggers know about all the comment spam that comes from .info and all the splogs on .info which steal other bloggers’ content. Banning .info probably cut another 10% of the spam. I’m also blocking certain other blogs based on their domain or certain words in their urls. If you see spammy results in FaveBot and can identify a pattern in them please let me know.

November 10, 2007

How to Subscribe to Your FaveBot Discoveries by email

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , , , , at 1:43 pm by tradermike

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

Big Changes Coming This Weekend!

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , , , , at 11:41 am by tradermike

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.

November 7, 2007

Examples of What You Can Do with FaveBot

Posted in FaveBot, Internet tagged , at 3:43 am by tradermike

FaveBot searches the web and discovers new content matching your favorite things. Just set up the list of what you want to track and FaveBot will do the searching for you, day after day.

Here are some example to give you an idea of what you can with FaveBot. Let’s say I sign up as user named MikeInNewYork. I want to track events near me (in New York City) so I enter my location. Then I set up my tracking list which could contain any or all of the following:

  • News, videos (highlights), photos, newly released DVDs and events (games) near me for my favorite sports teams and athletes. (e.g. Pittsburgh Steelers, Duke Blue Devils, Ronaldinho)
  • New music (CDs & MP3s) releases by my favorite musicians. I can enter a list manually or import all my artists from iTunes.
  • For the musicians that I really like I also want to track concerts (events), YouTube videos, podcasts, new DVDs, news articles, photos and podcasts. (e.g. Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, Kanye West)
  • Blog posts, news, podcasts & video about stocks / companies in my portfolio (Amazon.com Inc, AAPL, Under Armour, Inc.)
  • Events, new books & DVDs related to some of my hobbies. (e.g. Tai-Chi, cooking, photography)
  • News, blog posts, events, videos & podcasts about my favorite (or least favorite) politicians. (e.g. Barack Obama)
  • Photos & videos of my favorite places (Hawaii), people (Angelina Jolie) & things (Ferrari)
  • New books and local appearances (events) by my favorite authors (e.g. John Grisham) and artists (Annie Leibovitz)
  • Many other things — whatever topics I blog about, info about some place I want to visit, product reviews, etc.

The results of my trackings list shows up as my continuously updated “discoveries” on the “My Discoveries” tab.

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