FeedHub almost solves RSS Infoglut
A new feed digestion service FeedHub is attempting to solve RSS Infoglut. By RSS Infoglut, I mean not being able to keep up with the all the posts that show up in your feed reader. I recently posted a proposed solution to subscribing to more feeds than you can keep up with after rumors that Google might have hit on the same solution I had been thinking about building.
FeedHub is promising in that it is explicitly trying to solve this exact problem that I’ve identified. Scoble refers to it as a Custom Techmeme. But I’m fairly sure FeedHub won’t succeed as it currently exists. Why? Because it doesn’t incorporate collective intelligence from the social network. If they write it as a Facebook app, then they’d get here quickly. But I just don’t believe that enough people will be willing to train this thing for its own sake. Moreover, there’s no leverage — no network effect. So even if millions of users have personally trained feedhub for themselves, that doesn’t make it any better for a new user who hasn’t started yet. It’s just not Web 2.0 enough.
Overall I have to say "Good try." One thing business school has taught me is that identifying a genuine and solvable need is about the most important thing to creating a business, and they’ve hit on that well. But the execution seems to fall just a bit short of what’s needed these days.