Apps like Instapaper and ReadItLater have become invaluable tools for saving articles from the Web for later consumption. However, not all content works well with these apps and their approach doesn’t suit everyone. Social bookmarking tools like Delicious and Pinboard are another way of solving the problem. Meanwhile, Faveous offers a fresh solution.
Faveous is essentially a ‘Favorites aggregator’. It allows you to find all the content you have starred as favorites, and links you’ve shared, on a range of services including Twitter, Google Reader, Youtube, Dailymotion and Facebook. Existing bookmarked content from the likes of Instapaper and Delicious can also be imported, while a bookmarklet or browser extension for Firefox and Chrome allows you to manually import any web page too.
You can use Faveous as either a private or public resource. It’s public by default, and you can set a vanity URL, making it easy for others to find your favourite content. However, if you choose to use it as a private service just for your own personal use, there’s a neat option to allow you to save tweets you mark as ‘Favorite’ to Faveous and then automatically ‘un-favorite’ them on Twitter, meaning that others can’t see a full list of your favorite tweets from your Twitter profile – something which has caught out a few people in the past.
The product of 18 year-old French entrepreneur Arthur Monnet, Faveous is backed by €115,000 angel funding. Monnet dropped out of college late last year to launch the company and it currently has around 15,000 users in its private beta.
Faveous isn’t perfect yet. It’s still a little slow, and your favorites are only refreshed every fifteen minutes – something which may annoy people who are used to the real-time Web. Still, it’s improving fast and is well worth keeping an eye on as it develops.
Faveous is currently in closed beta, but we’ve secured invites for The Next Web readers. The first 250 people to click through and sign up here will get in.