Note: This is the first part in the AVINASH 2.0 Streamy Series. I’ll be post­ing next parts when I’m not busy with oth­er stuffs.

You may have seen lots of buzz about Streamy in the blo­gos­phere. Streamy received so much hype, so much hype that there was no way left oth­er than giv­ing it a try. For­tu­nate­ly, I’ve been a lucky Streamy pri­vate beta tester for more than a week because of Mr. Russ Jack­son. Thank you, Mr. Russ!

What’s Streamy?

Streamy is the next gen­er­a­tion feed read­er devel­oped by two awe­some devel­op­ers, Don­ald Mosites and Jonathan Gray. It’s a mix­ture of beau­ti­ful UI and pow­er­ful social media fea­tures (Instant Mes­sen­ger, Groups, etc.).

You’ll expe­ri­ence a won­der­ful use of Ajax in this appli­ca­tion. Every­thing seems to have the abil­i­ty to get dragged and dropped. Wan­na share an arti­cle with your friend? Just drag the arti­cle title and drop it on your friend’s name. You’re done.

Want to chat with a friend? Just drag your friend’s name in a chat win­dow and you’re done! To be hon­est, I’ve nev­er seen such an intel­li­gent use of Ajax in any oth­er web 2.0 appli­ca­tion. Streamy has been devel­oped to make read­ing blog feeds an enjoy­able expe­ri­ence. Because of its social nature, you won’t feel bored read­ing hun­dreds of arti­cles, e.g., you can chat with your friends while you’re read­ing an arti­cle.

It allows you to read an arti­cle in a click. No mat­ter if the arti­cle is in your “Saved” sec­tion or on your pro­file page, a sin­gle click on the arti­cle link will show you the com­plete arti­cle. There are a few Hot Keys that make read­ing, sav­ing and shar­ing news arti­cles a fun expe­ri­ence.

Currently Available Features:

  • Add/Remove/Share Feeds
  • Abil­i­ty to cre­ate cat­e­go­ry fold­ers
  • Upload OPML files
  • Inter­act with oth­er Streamy mem­bers via dif­fer­ent Streamy Groups
  • Cre­ate Streamy Groups (pub­lic or pri­vate).
  • Make friends and chat with them
  • Abil­i­ty to see what your friends are read­ing
  • Cre­ate Feed Fil­ters
  • Leave com­ments on arti­cles
  • Pull data from 9 Upstream sources (Google Read­er, Twit­ter, Pownce, Digg,, YouTube,, Jaiku and Face­book) and show ’em on your pro­file.
  • Cre­ate and save per­son­al notes
  • Dis­cov­er new blog feeds
  • Search Streamy mem­ber data­base, blog entries, feed resources and groups
  • Abil­i­ty to see how many oth­er Streamy mem­bers are sub­scribed to the same blog feed. Some­thing like MyBlogLog com­mu­ni­ties.

Some blog­gers called it a ‘Digg killer‘, some called it ‘Alt Digg‘ but as soon as I joined Streamy, I real­ized that there was no ‘Digg Killer’ present in the member’s area. Even call­ing it an ‘Alt Digg’ is wrong because Streamy is not a Digg alter­na­tive. I repeat, Streamy is NOT a Digg alter­na­tive. I won­der why peo­ple can’t think of Streamy as an amaz­ing inven­tion. Is Digg every­thing? For me, Digg is a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent thing. Streamy has noth­ing to do with Digg.

I’ve spent most of my free hours over at Streamy since the day I joined it. Added over a thou­sand feeds, read hun­dreds of arti­cles, cre­at­ed a few Streamy groups, cre­at­ed tons of feed fil­ters and test­ed almost all the avail­able fea­tures that I could access. There are a few minor bugs that I came across but the two awe­some devel­op­ers (Don and Jonathan) are work­ing hard to make Streamy a per­fect plat­form for every­body who loves read­ing blogs.

Even after spend­ing hours heav­i­ly test­ing Streamy, I don’t think that it’s an Alt Digg. Streamy is a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tion. Don’t com­pare it with Digg. It doesn’t intend to kill Digg either, it just can’t. In fact, the devel­op­ers have already post­ed a blog entry over at the offi­cial Streamy blog that Streamy won’t, and don’t intend to kill Digg.

Killing Digg is not our goal. Our goal is to bring you per­son­al­ly rel­e­vant news in an engag­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tive envi­ron­ment. That is not by any means mutu­al­ly exclu­sive to a vot­ing mod­el.

Don­ald has clear­ly writ­ten in the blog post that:

we do intend to kill the dry, bor­ing RSS read­er. I’m talk­ing about the inbox-style RSS read­er that is not intrigu­ing, not social, and makes lit­tle or no attempt at per­son­al rel­e­vance. We have cre­at­ed a sys­tem that aggre­gates syn­di­cat­ed con­tent, chan­nels it through your new and exist­ing social net­works, and cre­ates a sum that is greater than its parts. Oth­er­wise, as an aggre­ga­tor, we do not replace tools – we mesh them into a new expe­ri­ence.

In my opin­ion, if you com­pare Streamy with Digg because it ranks arti­cles on the ‘Start’ page accord­ing to how pop­u­lar an arti­cle is, you need to think again. Digg is basi­cal­ly a vot­ing sys­tem. It doesn’t rank arti­cles on the Digg home page based on arti­cle vis­i­bil­i­ty. Gazil­lions of Digg fan­boys vote for an arti­cle to pull it on the home page.

Only thing I can say is that once Streamy goes pub­lic, it’ll bad­ly affect oth­er feed read­ers and start­pages. Mr. Google Read­er is NOT gonna stay safe either. Google Read­er used to be my one and only favorite feed read­er before I joined Streamy as a beta tester but at this very moment, I think that if Google Read­er is a bomb, Streamy is an atom bomb. I delet­ed over one thou­sand feeds from my Google Read­er because I’m sure that I’ll not be return­ing back to Google Read­er ever again. I’m lov­ing Streamy’s social envi­ron­ment.

I’ve cov­ered each and every Streamy fea­ture in the AVINASH 2.0 Streamy Series. You can think of this series as a com­plete Streamy guide. I’ll start with ‘What’s Hot’ because some­thing tells me that many peo­ple start­ed to call it a Digg killer when they saw this sec­tion.

What’s Hot:

What’s Hot is one of many cool fea­tures of Streamy that can be found on the Streamy ‘Start’ page. The What’s Hot sec­tion ran­dom­ly shows pics from pop­u­lar arti­cles and it’ll cer­tain­ly send lots of traf­fic your way IF your arti­cle is present in this sec­tion.

Streamy Chat:

Streamy chat and a few oth­er inter­nal Streamy appli­ca­tions make me feel like Streamy is a Web OS. You can not only minimize/maximize the inter­nal appli­ca­tion win­dows, you also have the free­dom to drag ’em off the screen area.

When­ev­er your Streamy friends send you an instant mes­sage, a chat win­dow will pop up. Because of the intel­li­gent use of Ajax, every­thing works so smooth­ly that you won’t feel pissed off when the chat win­dow appears.

Member Profile:

Your Streamy pro­file dis­plays how many friends you have, what feeds you’ve been read­ing recent­ly, the groups that you’ve joined, your 5 lat­est feed fil­ters, your saved and com­ment­ed items AND your per­son­al notes.

By the way, if any Streamy devel­op­er is read­ing this post, you can see that the ‘search box’ dis­ap­pears in Safari/Win.

To Be Con­tin­ued…

See you in the next part of the AVINASH 2.0 Streamy Series with lots of screen­shots. There are many Streamy fea­tures still left to dis­cuss so stay tuned.

For now, check out this arti­cle for more screen­shots. A Tour of Streamy – It Looks Could Kill ( Digg )

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