I poked around a bit on a Notes-Reader for the IndieWeb. Notes are like blog posts but without a title and mostly very short. They are also mostly plain text with auto linked URLs and some people include the media which those links point to too. For me in the long run I would like it to replace Twitter. You can check out my implementation at: https://jeena.net/notes
My biggest problem yet with it is that there is no reader application for it, so you could consume other peoples notes, and perhaps even reply to them, etc. What you can do right now is to check every of those websites once a day or something and then reply to notes from your own website with help of webmentions. This is kind of what I do today but it is quite a lot of work and I wish there was a easier way to do it.
Most of the people who write Notes offer a RSS feed, so what I did was to subscribe to every one of them with my normal Feed reader. This kind of works but because Notes do not have a title, it looked really weird in my normal feed reader to see the content copied into the title for every note. It was just not a pretty sight:
And then in list view, all of the feed readers I tested only showed one line of the title so you had to click on every title to see what people have been writing about, even if most of the text would be visible completely in 3-4 lines like on Twitter.
I tweaked my feed reader only slightly so it wouldn't show the titles but instead would show the content in the list view, I truncate it if it is really long, and if you click on it you come to the same post fully auto linked and in the future also with auto embedded media. Those couple of changes made it already a quite a cool application:
There is obviously a huge amout of work to do yet, and I'm not even sure I'm up for the task, but I kind of like where this could go in the future.
Let me just brainstorm here what I would like to have implemented here too:
A button where you could write a note as a reply to a note you were just reading. For starters this could just send you to your own website with notes and give your app the source uri via a GET parameter. This would already work everywhere as long as you're online.
What I really miss are the names and avatars of the authors. I'm not sure how to implement it yet, neither RSS nor Atom, which Pond uses to aggregate all the data, provide a avatar by default, and I haven't seen anyonee using a Atom extension element to provide it. The only thing I can think of right now is to go to the canonical website of the note and get the avatar from the HTML via Microformats, which would work but isn't really a good way to do it. Perhaps with good caching, ... I don't know. Favicons aren't really a solution to that problem either.
I think it would be ok do to it like that for starters because we already have this infrastructure in place today, but what we actually would like to have is syndication via HTML and Microformats instead of RSS/Atom.
[update:] Just got a link to some former discussion about it: http://indiewebcamp.com/feed_reader