Eric Hayes has a thoughtful post that helps to frame the work being done around Attention Streams and how they can be used to deliver on the promise that less is more when it comes to RSS. It also addresses the need for a "secure,
permission based, privacy protected environment where Attention Streams
can be captured, recovered and shared." Sounds like just the kind of realm the AttentionTrust community is working on.

Here’s a taste…

"The
real advantage of connecting Attention Streams in an online community
is driven by the mysterious “Wisdom of Crowds”. By providing a secure,
permission based, privacy protected environment where Attention Streams
can be captured, recovered and shared, it’s possible to discover feeds
and, more importantly, specific articles that friends, collogues and
affinity groups are paying attention to. With the right processing
techniques this can be done in near real-time to provide
up-to-the-minute flow of highly relevant information that delivers on
the promise that less is more.

Marc Orchant describes
his use model for reading RSS as a “palette cleansing sorbet – finish a
task, sample some feeds and then move on to the next task.”
Intelligently using Attention Streams can enliven the menu with
“appetizers” of recommended new content from people who share an
affinity with the subjects that interest you. These appetizers can lead
to those wonderful accidental learning experiences that give us the all
too rare ah ha moment."

You can read Eric’s post here.