My Secret Project: Hyperion
It's not released yet, this is just a sneak peak of something I'm working on in my spare time.
The main thing I wanted was an "inbox" style interface for finding new posts. I have no issue with the existing interfaces, but I wanted to step away from that using a fresh new approach.
I was partially inspired by Google Reader. It had that "inbox" feel that I enjoyed. But one of the problems with Google Reader was that feeds could become overwhelming.
The approach I'm using is to manage tags/community feeds, with an emphasis on chronological sort.
- 100 % manual voting mana utilization: Help curators find at least 10 posts per day so they can use up their voting power, manually.
- Ignore tags option: To achieve this fully manual curation, allow curators to ignore certain tags/communities, if they wish.
- Favorite tags option: Allow curators to set certain tags as their favorite tags/communities.
- No historic content: Only index content that is within the voting window.
- No comments: Only index root posts (not replies).
- Mark as read: Allow curators to mark posts as read so that they can find new content at their own pace.
- Related tags: Find tags that are related to other tags, grouped by post frequency.
- Keyboard hotkeys: Navigate using the keyboard.
- Direct Voting: Instead of browsing to the post just to vote, why not vote directly from the interface (via Hive Keychain, of course).
- Poisoned pills: An option to automatically ignore authors if they post to certain tags/communities. Beyond just ignoring posts on these tags, it will also ignore the entire blog of authors who may occasionally post to these tags, until they stop using those tags.
- Community Moderation: Once a curator has a handle on a tag/community, I'll offer tools to expand directly on this as well. This will allow moderators to enforce their personal ignore rules on a community, if they wish to apply them.
There are probably better looking word clouds out there, but unlike those, this one is functional. When you drill into a particular tag, you can get a list of related tags, which is shown as a cloud, with bigger words representing tags with more posts:
In the above example, first I did a search on the tag
comics then pulled up the related tags dialog. From here, I can see what tags are used along with
comics at a glance.
If I click on one,
space for example, I'll see posts that have both
comics along with
This is really nice because there's only one, and it's hyper focused on exactly what I was looking for.
I still have some performance/scalability issues to work out. Not really sure what the release schedule will look like.