There is a blog storm happening around a “Social RSS Reader” called Shyftr. What Shyftr does is takes RSS Feeds and publishes on its own site, of course these articles have comments, and a community around it, which they call as Social Network for RSS Feeds. The idea is interesting, but Shyftr is doing this with out the consent of the original author, some think it is ok to do that.
Some are worried about conversation happening outside of the original source, this type of conversations are already happening (Friendfeed, RSSmeme, Friendfeed and RSSmeme both use partial feeds and i am cool with it). I don’t care whether the conversation is occuring at my blog or somewhere, but i do care where my content is going and how people are using it.
What Shyftr in its current form does is the same as hundreds of Splogs are doing, taking the feeds and republishing with out the original consent of the author. Tony Hung thinks Shyftr crossing the line and i agree with him.
The ones who don’t agree that Shyftr is a splog please tell me how it is different from a splog. Is the community and comments around shyftr articles make you think that it is not a splog. So now, for example i will take hundred RSS feeds and create a wordpress blog with comments and registration enabled, will you participate and tell all others that it is a legitimate service and not a splog. If you are cool with it i am gonna create one more shyftr. 🙂
What do you think about all these aggregators? which doesn’t add any value.
Update: Finally Shyftr changed their tune and now only shows title, author and date.
Much discussion happened around Shyftr in the last two days but to me it seems like guys who are pro Shyftr are worried a lot than Shyftr itself about the negative press it generated, I wonder why 🙂