30 Nov 2004
Reading the News
In case you’ve managed to avoid the hype, news reader/aggregator software lets you subscribe to sites which offer feeds of their content, usually in the RSS format. Instead of manually visiting numerous separate sites, you quickly skim through all the new content your news reader has found, allowing you to follow many more sites effectively and not miss updates. It’ll also turn you into a twitchy-fingered information junkie unable to cope with the glacially-slow pace of offline news, but hey, there are worse fates.
I’ve mostly been using NetNewsWire on the Mac and tried out FeedDemon on PC. Both are excellent, but I finally got round to creating a Bloglines account to test the subscribe button added to this weblog. It’s pretty good (simple sign-up; solid interface) and it makes perfect sense to centralise my subscriptions and read news via any web browser, so I’m sticking with it.