Feed me

Posted Sep 12, 2005 in Blogging, Technology, XML.

For a long time now, I've been using to keep me appraised of new blog entries for the various websites I like to read. Recently, the service was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. Since then, the service has failed to work properly.

I use the Mozilla Firefox web browser, and I've always had my blogroll displayed in a sidebar pane. Clicking on a green link would open an updated blog in my main window, and the green link would change to purple. All was wonderful with the world.

Then the purple visited links vanished. Everything was green, regardless of whether or not the link was visited. This annoyed me, because I could no longer easily see which blogs I'd already visited. Recently, has been reporting that blogs have updated, when in fact they haven't. Most of the blogs on my blogroll are being reported as updated several times a day, even when no such update has taken place. I believe this is a problem with the way gets updates, because my own blog doesn't falsely report. I use the excellent Ping-O-Matic service to do my updates.

So I've decided to ditch and use something else. I like to read posts in the context of their websites, so I don't want to “read” feeds. Can anyone recommend something?


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    I've been using Bloglines for about a year now and I'm very happy with it. I basically use it to see which blogs have updated and then right click and open them in a new tab to read them on the site (I like reading them in context too.)

    Posted by Todd on Sep 13, 2005.

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    At the moment, I'm giving the Sage Firefox extension a whirl, and thus far I've been quite impressed. I'll write more about it later.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Sep 16, 2005.

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    you may want to try the new google desktop tool. they improved it a lot, and included an rss reader, listing headlines, and giving a preview pane. i use it and personally love it, whereas Sage didn't convince me.

    Posted by pixeline on Sep 16, 2005.