There’s no shortage of people who use their Twitter accounts for both personal and business use. That includes plenty of bloggers who send out links to all their articles along with their more mundane updates throughout the day. Some people love this, others hate it, as they just want the links. And while some sites, like TechCrunch, have an account basically just dedicated to those links now, it can still be a hassle to find and follow all of those for every site you want to read. That’s where RiotFeeds comes in.
The service basically hand curates tweets from the top sites in various categories on the web. The end result are feeds that just contain tweets with links from sites of the same ilk. For example, the PulseonTech account features tweets with links to stories from TechCrunch, VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb, Wired and others. The PulseonNews feed features the NYTimes, CNN, Fox News, and others. But those are obvious categories — there are also plenty of not-so-obvious ones, like my personal favorite, TightPantsPulse, which is all about hipsters. Here’s the description of that feed: “Links you probably won’t be into from sites that don’t even exist yet.”
While each of these 20-plus feeds are curated, they are also powered by OneRiot’s PulseRank technology, which it considers the “PageRank for the realtime web”. As we’ve written about before, OneRiot is a real-time search engine that is all about finding the most relevant links being shared on the various social sites in real-time. And by identifying the most popular and relevant shared links, it is able to build consumer friendly-fare like RiotFeeds.
OneRiot envisions that RiotFeeds will be a good tool for novice users of Twitter to use to get to their favorite content easier without having to track down and follow each of the sites they care about most. While Twitter has a “Suggested User List”, it doesn’t currently offer bundle packages of people to follow depending on what you’re interested in, which is something that Google Reader, for example, has. OneRiot also hopes this project will shed more light on its APIs, which were recently opened to the public, so others can use the data they’re collecting.