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Wednesday · March 17 2004

Marie at Disarranging Mine put together a good starter list of bargain shopping weblogs and their respective RSS feeds. I had no idea that shopping blogs existed.

She also plugs the syndicated RSS feeds and Bloglines. In a few years (or sooner) when RSS really goes mainstream, we will wonder how we managed with web browsers alone. We spend how much time with popup ads, javascript errors, and loading images on pages we don't even want to read. Do static web pages clearly differentiate available new content? No, you have to scan yourself and separate what you've already read from the newly published.

I think of newsreading agents (Bloglines, SharpReader, NetNewsWire, etc) as TiVo for the Internet. Filter through the ads and crap and get more of what you are interested in. Like TiVo (which I don't have, but have heard this from at least 5 people who do), once you try it, you'll never go back.

What you had to say:
March 18 2004

A little late in putting my 2-cents but I was busy finishing my goddamned MBA degree (mwa hah hah!) but I just thought I'd say 1.)In one day two blogs I read suddenly introduce me to the idea of RSS and 2.)Can you suggest any good RSS for multi-news feed?

March 18 2004

You can get the New York Times feed here:
http://partners.userland.com/nytRss/nytHomepage.xml

Yahoo! has a good # of feeds that will get you access to the major news wires - AP, Reuters.

http://news.yahoo.com/rss/

I think Yahoo! needs to do some work refining their feeds, however. They tend to send too many stories in the 'Top Stories' feed, making it a nightmare to wade through. I don't subscribe anymore, because it's too cluttered to be useful.

If I'm interested in a particular topic, I find it easier to set up a search feed in Bloglines and just monitor that. I made one for 'John Kerry', so all items related to John Kerry are funnelled right into that feed.

I know I've hammered the point to death, but Bloglines is very cool if you're interested in RSS. It's free, viewable on the web (nothing to download and acessible from anywhere), and has some great extra features like the disposable emails and custom search feeds.

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