LazyFeed – more real-time news

Although this has been around for a few months I have only been trying it out for a week. I thought I would give it a try to see how easy it was to use and how useful it might be.

LazyFeed allows you to create real-time, personalized blog searches. Information is gathered all over the blogosphere and sorted by a simple system of tags.  To use it you simply type in a tag or single-word search term and LazyFeed combs through millions of blogs and on-line video and image sites to find the information. LazyFeed returns videos, photos, and blog posts tagged with your topic tag term.

It is very easy and painless to sign on to develop your own list of topics. Once signed you are then prompted to add any term as a topic, which essentially means the search is saved and results will be returned in real time, so you get up-to-the-minute information.

You can enter as many topic searches as you like and then just let the the new feeds roll in. Your own space is called Monitor and each of the searches comes up as a large thumbnail or tile. At any time you can add more or delete those that are not useful.

If you want to view a a particular search more closely just click on the tile and it then enlarges to screen size for easy reading of the extra details about the entry. All contents are sorted by time and the latest contents are always at the top. To see the post click again to take you to the source.

There are also some drawbacks.

  • Users can’t refine searches so you need think very carefully about the  search terms you use.
  • There’s no way to tell LazyFeed to look for certain types of content within certain domains or accounts.
  • There is no way to limit the stream to certain types of media or block certain tags (such as “marketing”) from appearing in the results.

Overall LazyFeed is a neat little tool that you don’t have to do much to use. You don’t have to look at it all the time, just check it when you want/need to.  It does not store up all the changes like the RSS aggregators so you don’t feel overwhemed if you have not looked at it in a while. I have discovered some interesting reading from using it.

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