Founce is a new website focused on incidental discovery of books, music, TV series and movies. It combines content aggregation with data aggregation to provide more focused exposure to the current and/or relevant creative works and the people behind them. It aims to be informative, entertaining and useful, with significant potential to improve all of those areas in the future.
Most of us have at least a casual interest in one or more of the areas covered by Founce (i.e. books, music, TV series and movies). Who has a new album out? Are there any movies you'd like at the theater? What's new on the streaming streaming services? What book should I read next? The answers to these questions and others like them add flavor to our lives. They may not be the most important things in life, but these things matter.
Sure, there's interest, but who has time to keep up with it all? Maybe you click on a couple links here and there, or maybe you're more into it and you visit a few sites regularly. Wish you had time to scan more sites to find content you're interested in? Us too.
Founce is scanning sites with relevant content and adding them throughout the day to the main feed. The feed shows a stream of article titles with an image and a brief description, similar to other content aggregators. There is also a link to take you to the article itself as well, as you'd expect.
The articles found on the scanned sites are filtered to find the ones about:
We have two goals for filtering the feeds like that:
The main feed is nice because it has a little bit of everything, but what if you're only interested in articles about a single area at the moment? Or maybe you're only into one of the four areas Founce covers? To handle that, Founce also has a set of targeted feeds:
Each of the targeted feeds is focused on one of the four areas. Many articles aren't exclusively about a single area, so Founce tries to figure out which area it's mostly about.
Having a feed of articles about books, music, TV series and movies is nice, but for Founce, it's just the start. One major feature beyond content aggregation is to distill articles into "mentions" and showing data aggregated from a variety of sources. To distill, Founce examines the content of an article and comes up with a list of people, bands and creative works that were mentioned within the article. No context is captured to indicate why they were mentioned or what was said, it's purely a list of who and what was mentioned. Founce then uses that list to create a mentions page for the article that shows basic information about each of the people or works. Here's an example mentions page from the The New York Times about the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
For each of the items on the mention page, you can click on an image or the bordered area to see more details about the person, movie, etc. shown on the mentions page.
Most of the data and links on the mentions pages could be found using search engines or searching on social media, Wikipedia, Spotify, etc. Same for the individual pages for people, bands and creative works. You can do all that work, but will you? Do you want to? Founce does all the legwork to pull the useful info closer so you don't have to.
Here's an example scenario for how you might use Founce:
In a few clicks, you can go from discovering a new band to playing their music or checking out their social media posts.
The obvious next step for when you've found something you're interested in is to save it. If you discover a movie you'd like to watch, you're probably not prepared to watch it immediately. Ideally, you'd have an account on Founce and could click a button to indicate that you'd like to watch it later. It would be nice to see what friends are reading, watching or listening to as well. Unfortunately, Founce doesn't currently have that functionality. It will make Founce much more useful, but it will take a fair amount of time to add that and get it right.
Here are a couple dream scenarios to help you see where things are headed.
Dream Music Scenario
Dream Movie Scenario
Hopefully you see the potential for Founce, but it won't happen overnight. If you'd like to stay informed on the developments as they occur, please subscribe to the newsletter or follow us on Twitter.