There’s Something About Mixx

As a part of my content/Twitter superpage I have created on iGoogle, I set up a section for feeds from various content sharing sites.  I used the handy Feed Tabs Reader gadget, which lets me create a tab for each site so I can quickly scan for interesting stuff to read, blog about or push to Twitter (follow me on Twitter to enjoy the fruits of all this work).

I populated this section with RSS feeds for Delicious (Popular), my Delicious bookmarks, the Onion, Fark, Digg-Tech and Digg-Entertainment (which will soon be deleted unless I get relief from the hated DiggBar), Yahoo Buzz, Mixx, Reddit, Propeller and my FriendFeed feed (which is useless because people tend to post a lot of items at once to their FriendFeed and there isn’t a feed for one item from each person you follow).  Let me know in the Comments if there are other feeds I should add.

Until I was surfing around looking for sites to include, I had never used Mixx.  I decided to add every promising site I could come up with and then delete over time those I find unhelpful.  Boy, am I glad I added the Mixx (Popular) feed.  So far, it has proven to be, by a large margin, the site with the best ratio of interesting content to static.  The current Mixx tab shows 20 items (the most you can have in a Feed Tabs Reader tab), all of which are at least semi-interesting.

According to Wikipedia, Mixx was created in 2007 by a team of industry veterans with deep internet, news publishing and online content expertise, including several former executives from Yahoo, USA Today and AOL. The private beta version of the site was launched on September 21, 2007, and the public beta of was introduced on October 10, 2007.  It has content partnerships with various old media outlets, including USA Today, Reuters and CNN. The LA Times owns a stake in Mixx.

There is a Mixx blog for more information (though it should be a lot more active), a Firefox plugin and some other tools.

I played around a bit with the Digg-like adding stories and voting up features, but those don’t interest me nearly as much as the content feeds, which just seem to be of a higher quality that the alternatives.  I wish Mixx had a private bookmarking feature like Delicious.  If it did, I would consider consolidating my bookmarks there.  I’m far from a Delicious power user, but I do use it to store content I find on the web- as opposed to in Google Reader– for future use.  You can add content to your Mixx Conversations page from within Mixx and there’s an RSS feed for your saved Conversations, but I didn’t see an easy way to add content from the web directly and privately to your Conversations page.  Still, I came to Mixx for content and as long as the ratio of interesting content to static stays high, Mixx will have a place in that Feed Tabs Reader.

My only material complaint about Mixx is that its front page doesn’t render well, at least in Firefox.  I have seen this word jumbling issue with other sites, but in 2009 there ought to be a design fix to prevent this from occurring, regardless of font selections (I generally “control+” sites in Firefox to take advantage of my large monitors and to assist my aging eyeballs).

I’m surprised it took me a year and a half to find my way to Mixx.  But as they say, better late than never.