Technorati launched Favorites today. it’s a simple enough idea, you nominate a bunch of your favorite feeds and they’re available both as a page to visit and an aggregated feed anyone can subscribe to. For example, here are mine; obviously, I haven’t had a lot of time to put into the selection. Near as I can tell, this is much like what Dave Winer’s been calling Reading Lists, only with a reasonable GUI. One assumes there’ll be an import/export feature eventually, to make them portable. The next step is reasonably obvious: instead of just “Joe’s favorites” you could imagine “Joe’s budget travel feeds” and “Joe’s manga-fan feeds”. But maybe that’s a false vision; the whole thing about a blog is that it’s a clearly-sourced well-defined voice, so maybe an individual person’s favorites is what you really want. Frankly, I’m not sure what the use-case here is; but then again, we’re just making this stuff up as we go along. [Disclosure: I have a conflict of interest as regards Technorati.]

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