my6sense Predicts What You Want to Read

my6sense uses a magic formula to serve up exactly what you want to read. They call this formula Digital Intuition and it makes finding cool content a snap. No more digging through RSS readers, search engines, or flipping from site to site; just fire up my6sense or glance at the my6sense home screen widget and it’s all right there.

Established in 2007 by CEO Avinoam Rubinstain, and Chairman/Visionary Geek Barak Hachamov, my6sense is a privately funded startup that aims to help you manage the ridiculous amount of information available via the web. Their innovative ‘Digital Intuition’ solution is the key to their success.

This secret formula allows my6sense to bring unique and relevant content to each individual that uses it. It filters your information streams and pulls out the gold nuggets you’re looking for based on your own personal tastes. Just follow your Digital Intuition to become more productive and stay on top of the latest news and updates.

What’s unique about our technology is that there’s no need for you to set preferences or give any explicit feedback. ‘Digital Intuition’ learns what’s valuable to you by translating your consumption behaviour into a personalized ranking function. Not only that, it’s a dynamic system – so the more you use it, the better it gets.

Getting Started

The nature of my6sense makes it ideal to run an Android device; most Android users don’t actually want to spend all day digging through feeds or bouncing from blog to blog on their mobile browser. To get started, you’ll need to sign up to my6sense. The app allows you to do this by providing just a name, e-mail address, and password. You also have the option here to sign in with an existing account.

Once you’re in, you will probably want to connect your social networks. my6sense currently supports connecting Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz. Connecting these services provides you with two major benefits. Primarily, my6sense will be able to dig up content from your social networks that you may be interested in seeing. This makes sure you don’t mess those ever-important updates as your friends and others you follow post new stuff. The other benefit of connecting your social networking accounts is in sharing what you’re reading. With two taps, you can share stuff you find in my6sense to your own Facebook, Twitter, or Google Buzz stream.

Design and Interface

The my6sense home screen

The my6sense design is clean and simple. The home screen centers around a My Content button, which leads you to your main data stream. This is all the best stuff from all your sources in one place. You will also find buttons here for Streams, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz.

  • Streams – These are specific sources or sites that you add manually. You can choose from a set of select Topics and my6sense will add matching feeds from popular sources around the web on those topics. The Import option allows you to connect my6sense to your Google Reader account, where most of us store our RSS feeds. This makes sure my6sense knows all about the content you’ve manually subscribed to. Finally, the Website option allows you to add a specific URL for a web site you think is awesome.
  • Facebook – This section allows you to browse through the most important people and posts from your Facebook feed. Opening individual items here will allow you to Comment on or Like the update. Excerpts and images are automatically pulled into the interface. Hitting your Android’s Menu button gives you sharing options for Twitter, Facebook, and Buzz.
  • Twitter – These are all the best Tweets that have come through your Twitter stream. As with Facebook, my6sense does a good job of pulling in photos and excerpts from articles. You can easily Retweet or Favorite a tweet. Hitting the Menu button allows you to view the Original Post, Reply to the tweet, or Direct Message the user who posted the tweet.
  • Google Buzz – As with Facebook integration, you can view items from Buzz as well as Comment on and Like them.

Functionality

There are a few basic functions that remain consistent throughout the app. By default, each stream will sort items by how relevant they are to you. By opening your Menu while viewing one of your streams, you can sort your items by time. This is useful for keeping track of current events and conversations. You can also Save individual items for reading later.

A Compose button allows you to post a message selectively to Facebook, Twitter, and Buzz. While viewing individual updates, you can use the back and forward buttons to navigate through the stream item by item.

Conclusion

The my6sense app has a clean design and performs well. Rarely do you have to wait for anything to load. It also includes a widget you can place on your home screen which allows you to scroll through your available content. Part of an elite group of apps, my6sense is also available on the Nook Color from Barnes and Noble. The only knock I have against my6sense is that you cannot share items via Google Reader. This is the main reasons I give the app a 9/10. Sharing via Google Reader is a necessity for my6sense to function as a primary source for content; this is the only flaw I can point out in this app.

There aren’t many mobile applications that compare to the Digital Intuition of my6sense. It’s part of the next generation of applications which will take the fire hose of information we currently have access to and pull out exactly what we may have been looking for. In a time where information overload is running rampant, my6sense just makes sense.


Summary

my6sense filters your Google Reader, Buzz, Twitter, and Facebook streams, showing you only the items that you'll find most interesting.

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