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From geeky to useful

May 9th, 2003 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The only reason I added an RSS feed to this blog many moons ago was because I could. Blogger Pro made it a no-brainer, so I can’t take any credit for this.

Okay, the real reason I added an RSS feed is because everyone else had one, and I wanted to be cool too.

I don’t use any sort of news aggregator application. I tried one once, and I saw no real value to it. Mind you, I don’t try to keep up with hundreds of blogs a day. I am sure for uber-blogheads, programs like NetNewsWire are absolutely necessary to feed their addictions. To me, the difference between using an aggregator instead of a browser to read a blog is like the difference between phoning a friend and actually visiting them. Sure it’s more efficient, and you basically get the same information, there’s just something missing for me. I don’t find using a browser is that much of a hassle, and I feel I’m missing something with an aggregator.

But just because I don’t want to read blogs via an aggregator doesn’t mean I don’t have visitors who would rather read Nosuch that way. So I added it, and forgot about it.

The real killer app for RSS isn’t any aggregator, though. It’s search. Google may be king of the search engines, but Feedster is the shining knight. The other day, when I wanted to look up something that was happening right at that moment, Google had nothing. Google is not fresh, it is deep and smart. Feedster, on the other hand, is extremely fresh, since it reads RSS feeds. I searched Feedster for the same thing and found relevant information on several other blogs that had been posted just the previous day.

When it comes to searching, Feedster and Google are two great tastes that go great together. So if you want to be found, make sure you have an RSS feed that Feedster knows about. And when you want to find something in the blogosphere, remember that Feedster is your friend.

Hats off to Scott and the Fuzzy Group, creator of Feedster, for not just coming up with the great idea, but implementing it so well.

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