RSS is recognised as one of the salient tools that enables the distributed nature of the Web, allowing users to get the news pushed to them (who can browse for news on all the world’s websites?). However, this feature did not answer the same problem it sought to address – what happens when you have too many RSS feeds to monitor?
AideRSS came up with PostRank (not only similiar in name to Google’s killer PageRank, but also in methodology). It takes all your feeds, monitors the trackbacks and you can view popularity of posts at a glance.
I’m still a fan of email newsletters in some cases. Why? I probably would never have found this story be glancing over popular RSS feeds as its still early days.