Jeff Nolan posted an interesting article on the future of RSS
I think one of the reasons why Techmeme has proven to be a consistent favorite is that this next generation model is partly how Gabe built the system. Through using Techmeme I am essentially outsourcing feed discovery to the service and consuming content not based on subscriptions but topics. As a users, ordinary or power, I would like to have a personal Techmeme that delivers content based on my consumption habits, or put another way, my attention streams.
To further develop this model, I would like to see a social dimension develop that pushes up/down content based on a collaborative filter that takes into account my social graph and what they are consuming and rating, explicitly or otherwise. The problem with rating that we need to overcome is that a very small percentage of people will actually score content, so that’s why the attention streams become valuable, through activities they are effectively scoring content.
Very close to what we have been working on over the last 18 months and very much inline with that users tests have shown: the solution needs a mix of personal reading pattern, various level of social filtering and a dice of topic based discovery.
The only thing that I would add is that I also think that we need a way to better compensate bloggers and companies who publish their content through RSS.