Saturday, 19 November 2005

Bloglines: How I love thee, let me count the ways

It's pretty normal that before you start writing your own blog, you read a lot of them. And let's be honest: there ARE millions and millions out there. And sure, you can put the ones you like into your bookmarks and leave it at that. But not all of them update every day (most of them don't) and when you're anything like me and your interest runs wide, you tend to get a whole lot of them into your bookmarks. Going through them every day (I like to keep up with things) is a bit tedious, so there should be a better way.

After trying a few rss-readers the "Ten Things"-page of Mike Davidson's excellent blog pointed me to Bloglines. There's no installation of any application (well, you could go for the notifier, but that's not necessary). All it takes is sign up, wait for the validation mail, click the link in the mail and start adding blogs to your feeds, which is about as simple as can be. Add a whole bunch of features (email subscriptions, your own clip-blog, "subscribe to bloglines"-buttons for your browser of choice and much more) and you'll get more than your money's worth. Not that it costs you anything since it's all free!

Creator Mark Fletcher and his crew have made something truly great and if you're not using an rss-reader of any kind but are willing to try one I suggest you try bloglines. You won't be disappointed.

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