I always thought that the idea of a portal was great, but the way they were being done felt wrong. Most portals evolved from directories and search engines, they were designed to search through indexes for information; to locate not aggregate. What I wanted was a way to collect the information that I was interested in, and organize it. I didn't want to be locked into a particular newswire, or a particular search engine, and I wanted to get information from sites that weren't 'big' enough to make it onto a traditional portal. What I wanted just didn't exist. So I started trying to make it.
What I came up with is fyuze.com. The idea is pretty simple: select the content you want, arrange it as you please, and next time you log on it will all be there waiting for you. To make a K5 analogy, think of it as the ultimate Hot List. Or, you may think of it like the RSS feature that my.netscape.com used to provide. Or, even still, like slashboxes gone mad, or the new sidebar feature in Mozilla. But as much as fyuze is like some of these, it is also very different. The easiest way to see how, of course, is to try it out.
Among its key features, fyuze allows users to have real-time, customized information delivered to them. This means that, for example, a weblog could deliver information not only about what the latest articles are, but also about how many people have replied to your comments and the number of votes your story has. Fyuze also allows you to automatically 'listen' for keywords and phrases in incoming content. So, if you wanted make sure you got to read all the latest stories about 'Apple,' you could do that to. And since everyone has their own tastes, you can also skin the interface.
Currently, there is a reasonable amount of information available in fyuze, but hopefully, with time, there will be even more. You can get some of your favorites like k5, a site that no one reads, Wired, Plastic, and many more. So give it a shot, and if you happen to run a site, think about adding your content to fyuze.
The whole idea behind fyuze is to simplify and streamline the information intake process. It seemed like I might not be the only one looking for a solution, so I created a site and thought that some of you out there might find it useful. Please excuse any SSP.