International tell-a-friend-about-blogs week!

According to Seth Godin it's national tell-a-friend-about-blogs week! I've added Inter to the title, since there's no reason it should be specific to one country.

Anyway, I shall take the opportunity to explain to you why you should get an RSS reader if you don't have one. Having an RSS reader means that instead of having to constantly check sites you care about for updates you just check one place (your RSS reader) and all the new stuff you care about is presented for you. It lets you keep in touch with more websites and spend less time doing so.

Here's an example: Recently my friend Neale posted a link to a site called the Wooster Collective. It looks to be a great site showing off cool street art and culture jamming. I really dig this stuff and would love to see all the things they post. So I subscribed to the Wooster Collective's RSS feed in my reader. Now when I check my reader it will show me any new posts from the Wooster Collective, along with the rest of the feeds that I've subscribed to. Using an RSS reader allows me to keep up-to-date with a lot of sites without the need to go to each of them and look to see if anything is new. When new stuff comes out it gets automatically shown to me without any more effort on my part. Huzzah!

If you don't use an RSS reader then you should give one a try. Bloglines is a free web-based RSS reader, NetNewsWire is a good Mac OS X RSS reader, and FeedDemon is a windows RSS reader. Most of the sites displayed in the left sidebar on Sillytech have RSS feeds that I'm subscribed to, as does Sillytech itself. So go subscribe to them!

Posted by dustin on May 5, 2005 with category tags of

7 comments
Do you have change for a fiver?
   comment by Kerno on May 5, 2005

Lol, damn. My witty pun about putting my two cents in now just looks random and weird.
   comment by Kerno on May 5, 2005

Yes, yes it does...
   comment by dustin (#1) on May 5, 2005

If you use Firefox, you should give Sage a try. It's exactly what I wanted, maybe it's what you seek as well.
   comment by vinny9 (#33) on May 5, 2005

As part of the international effort, here's a link to Sage for all you firefoxies out there.
   comment by dustin (#1) on May 5, 2005

What I want is something akin to the "Friends" page in LiveJournal that will aggregate the feeds chronologically. Last time I checked, Sage and Bloglines didn't do that. Does anyone know of an RSS aggregator that does?
   comment by Bryan (#22) on May 5, 2005

I think that FeedDemon that I linked to above can do that. I use the free PHP package feed on feeds to do what you describe. You have to install in on a server (the withoutannette space would work) and it's not as polished as the desktop aggregators, but it works good for me.
   comment by dustin (#1) on May 6, 2005

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