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On discovery of (good) content from the interwebs.
A short reply to @anildash @kylewmahan @tinokremer et. al

Tino, your note reminds me of Dave Winer's http://podcatch.com/ service which he built to be able to have access to interesting podcasts at any time without having to sync his phone. Sadly, I think it's a static source and not quite the tool that even https://huffduffer.com/ is and even that requires some user set up to find great material.

I remember early web efforts like Digg that were interesting for a while, but sadly services like this regress to the mean and one gets the fluff that appeals to Harry and Mary Beercan.

My favorite discovery engine lately is the Nuzzle News app from Jonathan Abrams (http://nuzzel.com/) which plugs into my social feeds and gives me articles from friends/influencers that have been mentioned several times. The value of the site is the ability to easily plug in well curated twitter lists on particular topics which then finds articles tweeted about multiple times by people I trust. I find that most of what the app uncovers is worth reading and thinking about. Rarely does it surface fluff, though I find that the articles in the friends of friends category are things that I don't care that much about.

If only we could get Nuzzle to partner with Huffduffer?!

Pocket also has a recommended tab (https://getpocket.com/a/recommended/) which is relatively useful, but it really isn't far from the simple algorithmic approach of Digg in the past.

Also, can someone please build an internet-wide filter to get rid of and the joke and fluff emails with the 1000 forwards from 1998? We'd all be a lot better off.

 
 
 

@benwerd If only there were a giant platform that wasn't 3/4 full of fluffy listicles to sort through for good content...