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

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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.

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.