The importance of RSS feeds

I don’t use a feed reader. There, I’ve said it. It makes me feel slightly inferior and behind the times but I blame it on being left-handed more of a visual person – I need to come visit, enjoy your layouts, check out any changes. So I don’t pay much attention to what sort of RSS feed is generated, either by me or by any of you.

Then I read David’s post. I’m off to install SharpReader.

Update: After reading your suggestions, I’m going to try a web based feed.

17 Responses to “The importance of RSS feeds”

  1. EmĀ³
    March 14th, 2006 10:05

    No need to install anything, Daisy. If you use a web-based RSS aggregator like Bloglines you can check who’s posted and who hasn’t from anywhere. Very handy if you’ve got lengthy links list (although some sites are patchy for no reason I can identify).

  2. daisy
    March 14th, 2006 10:41

    You know Em, I did sign up for BlogLines late last year but I didn’t look it very much. Maybe I’ll give it another shot. Must admit it would be easier than importing/export opml files between computers. Or maybe there’s a better alternative to Bloglines?

  3. daisy
    March 14th, 2006 10:41

    *like* it very much. doh.

  4. Neil T.
    March 14th, 2006 11:38

    You could try FeedLounge or Newsgator – they’re web-based and supposed to be better than Bloglines, though personally I still like Bloglines best.

    Newsgator also offers FeedDemon, which is like SharpReader but much more powerful. I think you have to pay extra for it though.

  5. razorhead
    March 14th, 2006 11:57

    I’ve played with several feed readers. But then, I have a desktop machine, two laptops and a mac and seems a bit daft trying to keep the readers synchronised. Strikes me that the most sensible use for an aggregator is a web based one (if only to lower the load of a thousand and one people trying to pull down your feed).

    I only use the feed entries as sort of teaser-trailers to the article which I then read on the author’s real site.

  6. daisy
    March 14th, 2006 12:14

    Thank you Neil, I’ll have a look at those. The most important criteria is that it should be free though :-)

    Razor, I’m more and more moving to online storage and organisation. I’ve beeen using AirSet (and would kill for a beta invite to Foldera) but I’ve also just discovered that I’ve Horde installed with my web hosting. It’s very spartan but functionality wise is excellent so I’m giving it a run for its money right now.

  7. susan
    March 14th, 2006 13:16

    I do use Bloglines, as checking each link on my site blogroll every day when only a small percentage of them had posted anything new was time consuming. But I do visit the site from Bloglines when anything attracts me to read further. Like this post of yours!

  8. daisy
    March 14th, 2006 13:25

    Aw shucks, thank you Susan!

  9. daisy
    March 14th, 2006 13:28

    I’m getting quite a few hits from what looks like a Bloglines alternative, Feed This Thing, will sign up now and let you know how it goes.

    If you visit via FeedThisThing could you give us some feedback?

  10. daisy
    March 14th, 2006 13:44

    Oh goodness, the Feed This Thing design is by one of my geek-crushes, open source designer-supremo/musician Andreas Viklund.

    Here’s a tip for the unwary – you have to set up Categories before adding feeds.

    Right, my RSS2.0 feed is showing excerpts of posts rather than the whole thing -but- in a desktop aggregator such as SharpReader the whole post is displayed. If I look at the rss xml output for this site, the whole post is displayed there. Does that mean that FeedThisThing chooses to display just an excerpt? Can you choose excerpt/truncated post and full post options in Bloglines? I promise I’m not being lazy, I can’t find my login details just at the minute and can do without yet another registration detail to take care of.

  11. razorhead
    March 14th, 2006 14:20

    Ahhh ooops. FTT is my skunkproject. It’s no way near primetime and you shouldn’t have been able to register.

    Mea Cupla.

    Oh, and your RSS feed only gives a snippet of each post.

  12. razorhead
    March 14th, 2006 14:22

    This is the url of the RSS 2 feed you are advertising in your meta header: http://chasingdaisy.com/feed/

  13. daisy
    March 14th, 2006 14:36

    *gulp* thanks Razor. Will focus on the arse feed once I’m validating (later today, fingers crossed).

  14. Amber
    March 14th, 2006 14:38

    All this techi RSS feed stuff hurts my brain… can’t everyone just get a blogroll so I can know when you’ve updated?

    The thing is, I am just to damn lazy to figure it all out!

  15. David
    March 15th, 2006 15:58

    I should point out that the advantage of a web-based feed reader such as Bloglines is that it is their site downloading the feeds, not you personally.

    If I was using a locally-installed reader, when I tried to use it here, I still wouldn’t be able to download the feeds from any Blogger-based blogs, because I’d still be trying to access a resticted domain from within the firewall.

    It’s the fact that Bloglines isn’t restricted that’s the real advantage here.

  16. Croila
    March 15th, 2006 18:56

    Ooooh, I LOVE Bloglines, me. When I see someone’s updated, I click through anyway, so I always “get the whole user experience”. For me, it’s got to be web-based as I generally use about three different PCs.

  17. birdy
    March 17th, 2006 13:15

    Also left handed, also not an RSS user, also think that using arse instead of RSS hilarious….

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