What is Filterbot?

Filterbot is a new take on the social news feed.

Personalized
We show each of our users a feed tailored to their particular taste, based on their vote history, using an innovative algorithm inspired by word-vectors.
Fresh
Our bots work around the clock to bring you the latest items, as soon as they are published, from a diverse collection of news sites and magazines.
Unifying
In addition to our in-site discussions, we provide links to discussions in other social media sites (when possible).

How does it work?

Our algorithm extracts features for every item you vote on (either for or against), and uses those features to update the weights of your interest-profile.

It then applies that profile to all available news items, assigns each one of them a score, and finally compiles a feed that is uniquely suited for you.

Every user sees a different feed, compiled especially for him / her!

Hint: The more you vote, the better your feed will be!

Note: We use your votes for personalization only. We do not expose your data to any 3rd party.

Why another social news site?

Social news aggregators (such as Reddit) are a huge step forward compared to traditional news sites. They provide free discussion, diverse content, spam filtering, and most importantly, a community.

However, they also have unaddressed problems: It's hard to find unpopular subjects, the majority opinion tends to drown out the rest (the hivemind effect), and while they are very good at filtering out the bad, they often fail to filter out the mediocre, especially as they get bigger.

Filterbot is our attempt to address these problems.

What about the Filter Bubble?

A filter bubble occures when a personalization algorithm separates users from information that disagrees with their viewpoints, effectively isolating them in their own cultural or ideological bubbles.

Our algorithm at Filterbot focuses on filtering out topics that our users don't find interesting, but we make no attempt to filter out differing opinions. In fact, we aim for a diverse collection of feeds, that will provide a more complete picture of our world.

Who are you?

My name is Erez Shinan. I'm a coder and a hacker, and the sole developer behind Filterbot. I started Filterbot because I want to contribute to humanity's greatest invention: The Internet.

Check out my github page at: https://github.com/erezsh

List of sources (143 total)

These are the sources Filterbot currently collects items from. If you own one of them and wish to be removed from Filterbot, send us an email.
Feed Main Topic Items / Week
2daygeek linux 7.1
Aeon any 11.3
AI Weekly ai 1.4
Al Jazeera (English) global news 196.3
American Songwriter music 32.3
A&R Factory music
Ars Technica - Features any 5.7
Ars Technica - Gaming & Culture gaming 24.0
Ars Technica - Science science 25.9
Ars Technica - Tech tech 26.8
Astronomy Picture of the Day Astronomy 8.9
Atlas Obscura travel 125.5
At Length any 1.5
Bitcoin News cryptocurrency 58.6
bit-tech hardware 46.5
CNBC - Gaming gaming 6.6
CoinDesk cryptocurrency 76.3
Coin Telegraph cryptocurrency 105.0
Commonweal - Books books 10.4
Computing in Science & Engineering tech
Daily Source global news 99.7
Dancing Astronaut music
Design4Emergence entrepreneurship 0.4
Digg - Long Reads any 44.7
Digg- Science science 39.8
Digg - Tech tech 277.5
Digg - Top any 375.5
Digital Trends tech 400.2
Discover science 51.6
DIY music 108.5
Drowned In Sound music
EDM Sauce music
Elements science 2.2
embedded programming
Emerging Indie Bands music
Engadget tech 278.7
Entertainment Weekly entertainment 416.0
Environmental Leader environment 19.4
Evonomics economics 3.3
FACT music 38.3
Futurism any 101.7
Giant Bomb gaming 5.5
Global Voices global news 30.3
Hacker News Bulletin hacking 5.3
Hacking News hacking 0.1
HackRead hacking 15.8
[H]ardOCP hardware 156.9
Hazlitt any 19.2
HearYa music
HighClouds pop music
IEEE Spectrum tech 39.4
IML music
Indie Music Filter music
Indie Shuffle music
Inference science 4.8
It's Nice That art 64.1
Kings of A&R music
Kotaku gaming 204.3
Lambda the Ultimate programming 3.6
Latest Hacking News hacking 53.7
Linux Journal linux 10.9
Literary Hub books 53.5
Little White Lies tv 17.7
Lobsters - AI, ML ai 17.9
Lobsters - Programming programming 59.5
Longform any 25.1
Metro - gaming gaming 39.1
MIT Technology Review tech 36.2
Mosaic Science science 1.7
Narratively any 6.9
National Geographic nature 40.4
Nautilus any 9.7
NEST HQ music 35.2
Neuroscience News science 66.6
New Scientist science 68.8
NPR Books books 25.4
NY Times - Arts entertainment 2401.8
NY Times - Homepage any 374.4
NY Times - Science science 29.5
NY Times - Sports sports 862.8
NY Times - Tech tech 31.6
NY Times - World world news 1763.4
Open Source For You linux 20.3
Outside sports 51.8
Physics Today science 13.3
Polygon gaming 111.8
Popjustice pop music
ProPublica any 15.9
Public Books any 10.7
Quanta philosophy 4.9
Reddit - ListenToThis (Top) music 231.4
Reddit - Programming (Top) code 235.5
Reuters - Art art 139.3
Reuters - Entertainment entertainment 165.8
Reuters - Most Read any 0.1
Reuters - Science science 66.8
Reuters - Sports sports 470.2
Reuters - Technology tech 1373.2
Reuters - World world news 1066.2
Science Daily science
Spin entertainment 141.1
Stereogum music
Techmeme tech 147.0
TechSpot tech 112.0
Terrorizer music 2.2
TFT Central hardware 13.2
The American Scholar any 13.8
The Appendix history 0.1
The Atlantic (Best Of) any 143.5
The Baffler politics 10.5
The Conversation - Articles any 7.6
The Conversation - News any 2.3
The Guardian any 750.9
The New Inquiry culture 7.0
The New Yorker - Books books 19.4
The New Yorker - Culture culture 105.7
The New Yorker - News world news 110.5
The New Yorker - Sporting Scene sports 5.6
The New Yorker - Tech tech 95.2
The Outline any 281.3
The Pudding visualization 5.5
The Rumpus - Art art 1.6
The Rumpus - Books books 12.4
The Rumpus - Music music 3.9
The Smart Set any 7.1
The SSD Review hardware 2.2
The Tech Report - Articles hardware 40.4
The Wild Honey Pie music
Tiny Mix Tapes - Film film
Tiny Mix Tapes - Music music
TrueReddit (Top) any 123.4
Uncut music 15.5
Undark science 8.2
Under the Radar music 78.1
Vice any 119.0
Victory Journal sports 6.8
Village Voice any 45.4
Wccftech hardware 231.5
Wikinews any 5.2
Wired any 429.4
XLR8R music 57.6
Xune Mag music
Your EDM any

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