A little about JYTE for people who don't know RSS - March 10, 2004—
Some of my coolest friends, classmates and family have no idea what RSS is, and can't be persuaded to care. So why should you try Jyte? It's just an RSS reader, right?
Umm, no. Jyte's origins go way beyond RSS. When we first started talking about what we variously called "News Junkie" and "Magbox" and "News Tiger" and "the News Fix" (among lots of other silly things), I didn't even know what RSS was. JYTE, in essence, is a tool to find, read and follow the news. You define news: whether it is from major news sources like Reuters and CNN, or totally out of the mainstream sources like slashdot (for techies), the Onion, your local Indymedia, or your friend's blog or newsletter.
Jyte makes it easier for you to find news by giving you the option of creating your own searches. "Searches" are just like they sound. You've searched on Google for news. Well, this is better. Hone a search for your favorite topic. It could be
- headline:"sex and the" city
for all the articles about your favorite (ok, my favorite) HBO show with the title of the show in the headline or
- "howard dean" -scream
for articles talking about Howard Dean, without the mention of the scream heard round the world. Let's try another one, more obscure:
- author:"whitney pastorek" "new york"
for all the articles written by Whitney Pastorek that mention New York. Now, all of these might not get you tons of articles today; for the last one, for instance, we haven't yet added sources that carry articles written by Whitney Pastorek. But we will ;) Try your hand at creating searches about something YOU care about.
Jyte helps you read the news. Ok, I hate to admit it, but I'm a horrible surfer. Sometimes I have 10 or 12 browser windows open because I know I'm going to follow that link or read that article sooner or later, I don't want to lose it. Inevitably I click on a link from an email and lose the article forever. Jyte allows you to neatly recall all the articles you want to read so you can go back to them anytime. When you click "read" or return on an article, a browser window opens in the Jyte application. Clicking on additional articles opens additional windows, you never lose your place. Plus, you click "k" or "keep" from the menu to keep the article for later...simply browse through your kept articles at a later time, now you have no excuse to forget to read what you're interested in.