Fever, A Self-Hosted Feed Reader, Heats Up Your RSS Subscriptions
June 24, 2009 at 16:59 PM EDT
Fever is a hot new RSS reader that aims to cure "second inbox syndrome, unread item guilt, and unbold elbow." In other words, the common plights of the modern RSS power user. Besides offering a full-featured feed reader, the application attempts to create a personalized Techmeme by scanning a user's feed list for popular (or hot) links. Fever then groups these links into stories and assigns each a "temperature." This allows a user to quickly keep a pulse on what's going on in his or her "slice of the web." The other refreshing feature of the app is its move away from email inbox-style unread counts. As a long-time Google Reader user, I always dreaded the experience of returning from an offline vacation only to find several thousand unread items in my reader. With Fever, the emphasis is on dividing subscriptions into two camps: must-reads (called Kindling) and everything else (Sparks). By moving the "hit-or-miss" feeds into the Sparks bin, Fever ensures that a user gets only the most relevant content.