Fever° Red hot. Well read.
Fever is now available! The moment you have all been waiting for.
“Fever takes the temperature of your slice of the web and shows you what’s hot.”
Shaun Inman’s latest creation will ultimately change the way you use RSS. Massive unread counts, unsubscribing from the noise and dreading opening your feed reader will all be things of the past. Find out why I’ve been on a subscription binge with Fever.
Main feature: the Hot tab
There are three main tabs in Fever, Hot, Kindling and Sparks. Shaun describes how these work better than I ever could:
To make the most of the Hot list, Fever asks you to make a simple distinction between essential and supplemental feeds. Essential, must-read feeds are Kindling. Supplemental, low signal-to-noise feeds are Sparks. Sparks ignite Kindling raising the temperature of items and links that should not be missed.
The Hot tab gauges the temperature of everything you are subscribed to by taking into account how often something is being talked about. Fever works better when you are subscribed to lots of feeds, both essential and supplemental.
The Kindling view works as you would expect an online feed reader to work, you have a list of all of your feeds and favicons with all of the latest entries at your disposal, be sure to check out the super handy keyboard shortcuts for a mouse-less experience.
Advantages of using Fever
1. Automatic Updates
Installation is a breeze, only a couple of small files are needed to install Fever on your domain. All future updates will be downloaded automatically, can’t wait for this feature in Mint 3!
2. Self Hosted
I’m a massive fan of self-hosted apps as many will know and I’m glad this is another.
3. The Hot Tab
This is one of the major selling points of Fever and trust me, it has changed how I use RSS. With customisable date ranges you can really fine tune how you want the hot tab to work.
4. Powerful Preferences
Hide the dreaded unread counts, behaviour and display modifications as well as cron enabled auto-refreshing and a super handy bookmarklet (Feedlet) for subscribing to new sites.
To help prevent ads becoming listed as Hot items, you don’t want that now!
6. Good Looks
As with anything Shaun touches, the code and the design are of the highest calibre.
To sum up, I have been using Fever since April 2008 – moving away from desktop applications NewsFire and NetNewsWire took a bit of getting used to but I haven’t looked back since.
Like Mint, this app is not for everybody, you may be happy with Google Analytics and Google Reader and that’s great, Shaun has no qualms about that.
If you want something that’s different, new and promotes the power of RSS you really should think about giving Fever a serious look in. A big congrats to Shaun!