Thanks to RSS and to that beautiful, self-centered, concept we call personalization, you can now have your unique digital magazine delivered daily to your in box.
To do that, UK publication idiomag uses two technologies: (1) an automated publishing system that aggregates the content via internet; (2) a personalization system of weighed tags that allow both the content and the advertising to be customized to a reader's preferences.
It works with you selecting favorite artists and music content and rating it. In fact, you create your own search tags that allow editors to assemble the appropriate articles and advertisers to reach you in a very targeted fashion. A couple of months ago the magazine also launched a personalized mp3 player to accompany the stories. Readers now receive a list of suggested tracks based on article selections.
Where do they get the content? They have partnerships with publications, including Billboard, 365mag and Hip Hop Nation as well as popular blogs such as Aurgasm and BlogCritics. They also have a team of journalists that works directly for the magazine.
From the site:
idiomag is a high-quality, digital magazine personalized to your interests in music. It keeps you "in the know" about the artists and genres you love, while helping you discover new music. With articles, reviews, galleries and interactive features in a rich magazine format, you can access idiomag whenever and wherever you want it.
Users can read the article, play the track, view the video, check for gigs, and go off to buy the mp3 or ticket or share their views with their friends. We utilise all the knowledge this generates about our users and their interests to deliver the most relevant experience and to target the most compelling advertising.
"The big challenge is that we are simultaneously trying to move the advertising industry forward, providing a new method for content distribution, and asking readers to try out a new format for consuming magazines. Lots of fun!" - Edward Barrow
If ads can be rich-media, why not content? In idiomag's case, the content adapts to the readers' evolving interests - through the rating system. They also have a Facebook integration that allows you to pull the magazine in your social application. While subscriptions are free, advertisers pay on a CPM basis, and revenue is shared with content providers based upon their content's popularity.
What social filters do they use? Extrapolated from a blog post dated July 2007:
(1) influentials and experts, those who tend to drive the conversation;
(2) friends, those you are comfortable with and who know to a certain extent;
(3) the wisdom of crowds, those we have called weak ties on whom social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook thrive.
In other words, more Digg than Google. Especially since our search tags are becoming increasingly socially-driven, this is a move towards digital intelligence.
Knowing that the content you pull would determine the advertising sponsorship you receive, how would you weigh the social filters? Evenly? By content tags?