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Nice list. I see some that I haven't seen before amongst some very good sites.


Thanks for the list.

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Thanks Bill. I know your reading list must be massive - any gems you'd care to add?

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I'll come up with some more for you.

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I'm (re)starting to be careful with what I add and not. RSS is a convenient way to scan a lot of info, especially if your RSS reader can use filters. But one can hit the info overload soon enough again :-)


Thanks for that excellent list, by the way! Do you use M2 for your feed reading?



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Do you use M2 for your feed reading?


Naturally! I have several filters for RSS stuff too, to make the quantity easy to handle. Haven't ventured into learning filter territory yet with them, but plan to soon.


One problem with M2's aggregation is it doesn't understand Atom. However, there are some good tools out there you can use to convert an Atom feed to an RSS one :)

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Adrian, how come that's index.rdf? Normally Opera will open newsfeeds or xml formats. I just see the code for that one. Help!

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If you goto Mail --> Newsfeeds and click the New... button Barry, you can add it manually. I don't think Opera will display it in screen properly, rdf is a bit different to rss, though I'm not terribly sure in what ways. Probably means Opera isn't quite sure what to do with it.


Otherwise you could just visit his site at www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk. I've not really looked at the site before, but know of his ability from the Accessify Forums. I think he's a guy who's going to be rising quite quickly in blogging circles, his blogs not been going all that long as it is and you can already see the numbers of comments and therefore interest he's getting.

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Greetings. I have been reading this forum for a month or so now and I really enjoy the content.


I see that people have mentioned using the M2 RSS reader, which is associated with the Opera browser. Are there any other RSS readers that people are using (standalone, web-based, or otherwise)? I am interested to start using this technology for the simple reason that I am curious how it will affect the amount of related links that I tend to follow off these websites, which in some cases ends up being more beneficial than the articles I read.


Thanks for all the help you have already provided me.

- Scott

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Ah now I see it. Thanks, Adrian. Clearly someone to check on from time to time.

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Scott - there are a few out there. Many people swear by FeedDemon, written by the same guy that wrote Homesite. There's a lot of web-based aggregators and open source ones too. Try to find one that understands both RSS and Atom if you can.

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Some more (mostly) design/technology sites, with some overlap of Dave's list (and one of Adrian's). Any that are have a "+" sign in front of them.



1. Accessify.com


RSS 0.92 http://uckan.info/rssify_b/rss_accessify.php



2. adactio


Jeremy Keith




3. +Airbag


Greg Storey

RSS 0.91 http://www.airbagindustries.com/index.xml



4. +A List Apart


RSS 0.91 http://www.alistapart.com/articles.xml

RSS 2.0 http://www.alistapart.com/rss.xml



5. All in the <head>


Drew McLellan

RSS 0.92 http://www.allinthehead.com/rss/index.php

Atom http://www.allinthehead.com/atom/index.php



6. +And All That Malarky


Andy Clarke

RSS 1.0 http://www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk/index.rdf



7. +Andy Budd blogography


Andy Budd

RSS 1.0 http://www.andybudd.com/index.rdf



8. Anne's Weblog about Markup & Style


ATOM http://annevankesteren.nl/feeds/weblog



9. +Authentic Boredom


Cameron Moll

RSS 2.0 http://www.cameronmoll.com/index.xml



10. A Whole Lotta Nothing


Matt Haughey

RSS 0.91 http://a.wholelottanothing.org/rss.xml

RSS 1.0 http://a.wholelottanothing.org/index.rdf

RSS 2.0 http://a.wholelottanothing.org/rss2.xml



11. +Asterisk*


D. Keith Robinson

RSS 2.0 http://www.7nights.com/asterisk/index.xml

ATOM 0.3 http://www.7nights.com/asterisk/atom.xml



12. Biz Stone, Genius


ATOM http://www.bizstone.com/atom.xml



13. Blackbeltjones/work


Matt Jones




14. Boxes and Arrows


RSS 0.91 http://www.boxesandarrows.com/index.xml



15. Box of Chocolates


Derek Featherstone

RSS 2.0 http://www.boxofchocolates.ca/feed/rss2/



16. Clagnut


Richard Rutter

RSS 2.0 http://www.clagnut.com/rss/



17. Clay Shirky’s Writings About the Internet


RSS 0.91 http://www.shirky.com/writings/rss.cgi



18. +Digital Web Magazine


RSS 2.0 http://www.digital-web.com/news/rss/



19. Dive Into Mark


Mark Pilgrim

Atom http://www.diveintomark.org/xml/atom.xml



20. Elegant Hack


Christina Wodtke

RSS 2.0 http://www.eleganthack.com/index.xml



21. Form Function Emotion


David Hawdale

ATOM http://www.formfunctionemotion.net/atom.xml



22. Ftrain


Paul Ford

RSS 1.0 http://ftrain.com/xml/feed/rss.rdf

RSS 2.0 http://ftrain.com/xml/feed/rss.xml



23. +Hicksdesign


Jon Hicks

RSS 0.92 http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/?rss=1&section=journal

ATOM http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/?atom=1&section=journal



24. Infodesign


RSS 2.0 http://www.informationdesign.org/index.xml



25. The Innocent Statement


Phil Baines

RSS 2.0 http://www.wubbleyew.com/blog/syndicate/rss2.asp



26. +Jason Santa Maria


rdf http://www.jasonsantamaria.com/index.rdf



27. +Jeffrey Veen


Feedburner XML http://feeds.feedburner.com/veen



28. Jeremy Zawodny's blog


RSS 2.0 http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/rss2.xml



29. Joel on Software


Joel Spolsky

RSS 0.91 http://www.joelonsoftware.com/rss.xml



30. Juicy Studio


Gez Lemon

RSS 1.0 http://www.juicystudio.com/message/juicyrdf.xml

RSS 2.0 http://www.juicystudio.com/message/juicyrss.xml

ATOM http://www.juicystudio.com/message/juicyatom.xml



31. Kalsey Consulting Weblog


Adam Kalsey

RSS 0.91 http://kalsey.com/rss-full.xml



32. +The Man in Blue


Cameron Adams

RSS 2.0 http://www.themaninblue.com/perspective.xml



33. The MCU (Making Connections Unit)


RSS 0.91 http://www.mcu.org.uk/xmlrss/rss.php



34. meyerweb.com


Eric Meyer

RSS 0.92 http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/feed/rss/

RSS 2.0 http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/feed/rss2/



35. +Mezzoblue § design, typography, and the web


Dave Shea

RSS 2.0 http://www.mezzoblue.com/rss/2.0/



36. +Mike Davidson


RSS 1.0 http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/index.rdf

RSS 2.0 http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/index.xml

ATOM http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/atom.xml



37. molly.com


Molly E. Holzschlag

RSS 2.0 http://www.molly.com/feed/rss2/



38. peterme.com


Peter Merholz

RSS 1.0 http://www.peterme.com/index.rdf



39. Peter Van Dijck's blog


RSS 2.0 http://poorbuthappy.com/ease/index.xml



40. phil ringnalda dot com


RSS 2.0 http://philringnalda.com/index.xml



41. Rebecca's Pocket


Rebecca Blood

Feedburner XML http://feeds.feedburner.com/RebeccasPocket



42. ResearchBuzz


Tara Calishain

RSS 2.0 http://www.researchbuzz.com/researchbuzz.rss



43. Ryan Brill


RSS 2.0 http://www.ryanbrill.com/xml/rss.xml



44. Seth's Blog


Seth Godin

rdf http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/index.rdf



45. ShaunInman.com


RSS 2.0 http://www.shauninman.com/feeds/commentary.rdf



46. +Simon Willison's Weblog


RSS 1.0 http://simon.incutio.com/syndicate/rss1.0



47. +Simplebits


Dan Cederholm

RSS 2.0 http://www.simplebits.com/xml/rss.xml



48. splorp


Grant Hutchinson

RSS 1.0 http://www.splorp.com/blog/rss.xml



49. Slashdot


RSS 1.0 http://slashdot.org/index.rss



50. Stopdesign


Douglas Bowman

RSS 1.0 http://www.stopdesign.com/

ATOM http://www.stopdesign.com/atom.xml



51. +Superfluousbanter


Dan Rubin and Didier Hilhorst

RSS 0.91 http://superfluousbanter.org/index.xml

RSS 1.0 http://superfluousbanter.org/index.rdf



52. Surfin' Safari


Dave Hyatt

RSS 1.0 http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/hyatt/blogger_rss.xml



53. UI Web


Scott Berkun

RSS 0.91 http://www.uiweb.com/uiweb.xml



54. Unraveled


Joshua Kaufman

Feedburner XML http://feeds.feedburner.com/unraveled



55. vanderwal.net


Thomas Vander Wal

RSS 0.91 http://www.vanderwal.net/random/vanderwal.xml



56. The Web Standards Project


RSS 2.0 http://webstandards.org/buzz/index.xml



57. Webword


Johns S. Rhodes

RSS 0.91 http://webword.com/backend.php



58. +What Do I Know


Todd Dominey

RSS 1.0 http://whatdoiknow.org/index.rdf

RSS 2.0 http://whatdoiknow.org/index.xml



59. Whitespace


Paul Scrivens

RSS 2.0 http://9rules.com/whitespace/index.xml

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Wow, thanks Bill! An impressive list!

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With a tremendous list of blogs like that to read, I'm shocked that Bill has any time to do anything else! :)


Wayne Hurlbert

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That's the nice thing about RSS, Wayne. Using a reader, or something like bloglines or kinja, can make it a lot easier to visit a lot of sites.

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I was looking at a couple RSS readers, in particular Sage for FireFox. What I am curious about is what the RSS feeds look like in your particular RSS reader. Part of the reason that I go to these websites is to oogle at the design and functionality they have. Do you ever feel like you are missing something if you just scrape the site for information and leave behind the design?



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I think it was Eric Meyer mentioned this a little while ago on his own blog. After using some RSS Readers, he found himself manually visiting the sites anyway, for that kind of reason.


It is odd how we make such a big fuss of site design and branding etc... Only then to start talking about a method of syndicating information independant of of the design.


It would perhaps be nice if you could have a kind of RSS style, a way of having RSS feeds within a reader, utilise a specific stylesheet to display the feed in the sites colour scheme or something.


I do find I miss out a bit by reading plain text feeds in Opera's built in reader. It doesn't seem as engaging. I does however allow me to scan through many different feeds and look at posts that seem more interesting in more detail. Its a bit like a Search Engine result page in that sense. I see the title, a short intro, and based on that I decide whether I want to click on the link and read the rest of it.

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Good point, Scott.


It is a question of context sometimes. The content without the design isn't always as much fun, or as fascinating. For many, and maybe most sites, I'd rather visit in person. There may even be a few sites I listed above that I like much more for their design than for the content of their blogs. They startle me with the way they present themselves and their ideas.


I like that you have the option of visiting a site, or that you can just look at the latest post. If you're busy, and don't have time clicking through a lot of lnks, the RSS option is really helpful. Having said that, there are a good number of sites that I'll click through to visit after seeing that they have something new.


I enjoy the designs of most of the design sites I visit, but many of the legal blogs I look at use generic templates. So, that doesn't always motivate me to see their pages. But the RSS reader doesn't always show comments either. With some of the legal blogs, the comments are the best parts.


So, truthfully, I tend to use RSS as an index. It tells me what's new, and lets me get a glimpse of a topic.


It's probably a good idea to keep in mind when people are writing blog posts. Make the headline interesting, and try to start off with something that might convince people to visit in person, or at least gives them a good sense of what your post is going to be about.


What RSS does do for me is to let me see many more sites in a day than I otherwise could, and it lets me pick and choose which ones I want to actually visit rather than just view the content of their page.


Adrian's analogy of a search engine result is a good one.

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Are there any other RSS readers that people are using (standalone, web-based, or otherwise)? I am interested to start using this technology


I too use Opera M2. I also use Bloglines (web based) as a back up, just in case I lose the feed addresses of all the site and blog I subscribe to (happened once!) and have to start all over again. Increasingly, I've started to use Bloglines more and more. I like the way it presents the information (less mouse clicking).

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That's one huge quality list you got there Bill!


Would love to see some more of goodies added in the near future :)

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That's a very useful resource, ycc2106. I wasn't aware of OPML before you mentioned it and it has been added to my essential list of places to visit in connection with RSS newsfeeds.

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