Posts Tagged ‘information overload’

My Arrow is about to leave the Quiver!

February 26th, 2010 7 comments

In my last post, I made mention of the mistakes I’d made around scope-creep and attempting too much in one go. Those curious can read the previous post ‘My Personal Arrow Project’.

I made a firm resolution to rectify that, and within 18 days, I kept my word.

The beta version of my product (to be announced here in a few days) is hereby complete. My original ambitious goal was to build a recommender system that could inform users which items in a steady information river flowing past them are actually useful (to them). It was a hard problem (to say the least). I have now taken a simple step in that direction.

For those (like me) with tons of useful RSS feeds to follow, but which we cannot possibly completely digest, I’ve create a tool that will automatically archive the blogs that you care about and raise alerts when topics of interest (to you) are discussed. The archive stretches back to when the blogs were initiated, so you never have to worry about missing a post again. Voila, your bookmarks are now so much more useful to you.

Watch this space for more action.

At the heart of this product is sophisticated crawlers, duplicate detectors, data cleaning and classification algorithms. Very complex stuff. At the front-end is a simple interface that a 5 years old could us.
It is designed to make a user’s experiences with their everyday information tools better, reduce anxiety, and enhance value.

It’s been a good two weeks. 🙂

– Shahzad