A web feed or news feed is a data format which provides a user frequently updated content such as news, blog posts or audio and video, and is usually comprised of a headline with a short summary, metadata and a link to the website of origin. Users can subscribe to these feeds, for instance, with the help of a feed reader and stay informed about their favorite websites and blogs without having to visit them regularly.
FeedBooster is a new way of discovering news. Unlike other feed readers, it does more than just provide you with a list of feed items. Every single feed that is added to FeedBooster will be analyzed and preprocessed in a way that makes them easier to search, browse and explore. You can navigate through your feeds in a multi-dimensional way and interact with your feeds in real time. Context-sensitive filtering options or search filters also help to narrow down many feeds to the most relevant news in a matter of seconds.
Not all feeds provide the same information. Aside from the full text of the news article, some feeds come with additional information such as the author and tags while other feeds only provide the article headline and the link to the website of origin. FeedBooster extracts as much information as possible from the added feeds, but since certain feeds only provide limited metadata, not all information can always be shown.
FeedBooster is optimized for the latest version of the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. Other browsers and versions might impair the functionality and layout. To experience FeedBooster in the best possible way and for your own web browsing safety it is recommended to regularly update your browser to the most recent version.
After your first login, you can add your favorite websites or blogs by copying the feed URL into the appropriate field. You can also import your feeds automatically from your Google Reader account or add featured feed-sets. Within FeedBooster you can always add new feeds on the "Manage Feeds" page.
To import your feeds from your Google Reader account, first click “Manage Feeds” from the top right corner of the FeedBooster webpage. Next, you can click the "Import" tab and login to your Google Reader account with your username and password. After that, all your Google Reader feeds will be imported, analyzed and preprocessed by FeedBooster.
OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language)
is an XML-based file format which defines an outline as a
hierarchical, ordered list of arbitrary elements, and is
most commonly used to exchange web feeds among feed
With FeedBooster you can use OPML to import feeds from
other feed readers or to export and share your FeedBooster
feeds with others.
First, export your feed subscriptions as
an OPML file. Once you have exported your subscriptions, go back
to FeedBooster and click on "Manage Feeds" link on the top right
corner of the FeedBooster webpage. Next, select the "Import" tab
and use the "Upload" button to add your OPML file to FeedBooster.
Your feeds will then be automatically imported, analyzed,
preprocessed and displayed in your dashboard.
Select the "Manage Feeds" link at the
top right corner of your FeedBooster dashboard. Next, click on
the "Manage Folders" link above your feed list. Your Folder
menu list will open. In this folder select the link "Export
feeds as OPML file" located in the bottom right corner of the
Folder window. Click on this link to begin exporting your feeds
into an OPML file.
On the "Manage Feeds" page you can add, edit or remove folders from every single feed. Use the context-sensitive filters to find the feed you want to edit. Next to every feed you can find an "Edit" button to make your changes.
It's also possible to use the general functionality to edit or delete folders for all the feeds that are connected to them. Click therefore on the link "Manage Folders" to rename or delete folders. These changes will be applied for all the feeds connected to the folder. For example if you rename your folder "Sport" to "Sports News" all the feeds in your "Sport" folder will now be assigned to your "Sports News" folder.
It is possible that you are subscribed to multiple feeds from the same source, or similar feeds from the same source that are producing duplicates. To eliminate duplicates, note down the source name then go to "Manage Feeds" and type in the source name in the search field box. Scan the search results and delete any duplicate or similar feeds.
Feeds that support the PubSubHubbub protocol will be updated in real time. You don't have to do anything to get the most breaking news. Feeds that don't provide this protocol will be updated every 30 minutes.
Customizing your dashboard can be done by clicking on the gear icon to the right of the search field. This is where you can select your favorite dashboard layout as well as the way the search results are displayed. You can also set up your search filters in terms of which order they should appear in on the dashboard or the number of attributes shown on the dashboard for every filter.
Search Profiles are basically saved searches that help you to quickly access information that you need on a regular basis. They can be used to bundle several news websites or blogs together to search within; one Search Profile could, for example, consist of various blogs on the iPhone or cars. Another way to utilize Search Profiles is to apply a full-text search on specific sources, for example searching the New York Times with a full-text search for President Obama – this would quickly display everything that is written in the New York Times about Obama. Search Profiles also allow you to access very specific information from your added feeds in a very precise manner. You can choose and combine various search filters to get news about a specific topic, written by a specific author, from a specific category, etc. - the possibilities are endless.
From the dashboard, start your desired search using the search field or the search filters. Then click on "Save or Update Search Profile", enter a name for the Search Profile and click “Add”. To access the Search Profile, simply click the "Search Profiles" drop-down menu from the top left-hand corner of the dashboard.
To rename or delete Search Profiles, click the "Search Profiles" drop-down menu from the top left-hand corner of the dashboard. To the right of each Search Profile you will see an icon of a pencil and of an "x". Click the pencil to rename the Search Profile or click the “x” to delete it. You can also drag and drop the Search Profiles here to rearrange them if you choose. If you want to update the settings of a Search Profile, select the Search Profile from the drop-down menu. Then adjust the search filters to your liking and click "Save or Update Search Profile" to save the new settings.
To see your bookmarked items, just select "Bookmarked" in the "My History" search filter on the left. At your list of bookmarked items you can also use the search bar and the search filters to search through your bookmarks based on whichever types and attributes you like.
Yes, FeedBooster search supports the following search operators:
1. Space or the Boolean operators "+" or "AND"
Example: Searching for "holiday trends 2012", "holiday + trends + 2012" or "holiday AND trends AND 2012" delivers results that only contain all three words in the articles.
2. The Boolean operator "OR"
Example: Searching for "bank OR money" returns results with either bank or money or both.
3. The Boolean operators "-" or "NOT"
Example: Searching for "sports NOT football" or "sports –football" returns results with the word sports, while excluding all results containing the word "football".
4. The truncation search using "*" enables you to search for multiple forms of a word.
Example: Searching for "visit*" returns visit, visits, visited, visitor, visitors, visiting, visitation, etc.
Q-Sensei also provides other products and applications based on its Search Platform:
Q-Sensei Enterprise Search Platform: Q-Sensei's ESP provides one unified interface to search through and process structured and unstructured data from varied enterprise data sources such as databases, document servers, SharePoint, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, content management systems (CMS), and external social media feeds like Facebook and Twitter.
Scholarly Search: The scholarly search provides a multi-dimensional search through 38 million datasets on books and scholarly articles - in economics, mathematics, science, medicine, and literature.