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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?

 

Ruud

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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

http://www.accessify.com/default.asp

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

 

 

2. adactio

http://www.adactio.com/journal/

Jeremy Keith

http://www.adactio.com/journal/journal.rss

 

 

3. +Airbag

http://www.airbagindustries.com/

Greg Storey

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

 

 

4. +A List Apart

http://www.alistapart.com/

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

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

 

 

5. All in the <head>

http://www.allinthehead.com/

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

http://www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk/

Andy Clarke

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

 

 

7. +Andy Budd blogography

http://www.andybudd.com/

Andy Budd

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

 

 

8. Anne's Weblog about Markup & Style

http://annevankesteren.nl/

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

 

 

9. +Authentic Boredom

http://www.cameronmoll.com/

Cameron Moll

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

 

 

10. A Whole Lotta Nothing

http://a.wholelottanothing.org/

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*

http://www.7nights.com/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

http://www.bizstone.com/

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

 

 

13. Blackbeltjones/work

http://blackbeltjones.typepad.com/work/

Matt Jones

http://blackbeltjones.typepad.com/work/index.rdf

 

 

14. Boxes and Arrows

http://www.boxesandarrows.com/

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

 

 

15. Box of Chocolates

http://www.boxofchocolates.ca/

Derek Featherstone

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

 

 

16. Clagnut

http://www.clagnut.com/

Richard Rutter

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

 

 

17. Clay Shirky’s Writings About the Internet

http://shirky.com/

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

 

 

18. +Digital Web Magazine

http://www.digital-web.com/

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

 

 

19. Dive Into Mark

http://www.diveintomark.org/

Mark Pilgrim

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

 

 

20. Elegant Hack

http://www.eleganthack.com/blog/

Christina Wodtke

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

 

 

21. Form Function Emotion

http://www.formfunctionemotion.net/

David Hawdale

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

 

 

22. Ftrain

http://ftrain.com/

Paul Ford

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

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

 

 

23. +Hicksdesign

http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/

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

http://www.informationdesign.org/

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

 

 

25. The Innocent Statement

http://www.wubbleyew.com/blog/default.asp

Phil Baines

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

 

 

26. +Jason Santa Maria

http://www.jasonsantamaria.com/

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

 

 

27. +Jeffrey Veen

http://www.veen.com/jeff/

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

 

 

28. Jeremy Zawodny's blog

http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/

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

 

 

29. Joel on Software

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/

Joel Spolsky

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

 

 

30. Juicy Studio

http://www.juicystudio.com/

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

http://kalsey.com/blog/

Adam Kalsey

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

 

 

32. +The Man in Blue

http://www.themaninblue.com/

Cameron Adams

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

 

 

33. The MCU (Making Connections Unit)

http://www.mcu.org.uk/

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

 

 

34. meyerweb.com

http://www.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

http://www.mezzoblue.com/

Dave Shea

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

 

 

36. +Mike Davidson

http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/

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

http://www.molly.com/

Molly E. Holzschlag

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

 

 

38. peterme.com

http://www.peterme.com/

Peter Merholz

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

 

 

39. Peter Van Dijck's blog

http://poorbuthappy.com/ease/

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

 

 

40. phil ringnalda dot com

http://philringnalda.com/

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

 

 

41. Rebecca's Pocket

http://www.rebeccablood.net/

Rebecca Blood

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

 

 

42. ResearchBuzz

http://www.researchbuzz.org/

Tara Calishain

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

 

 

43. Ryan Brill

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

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

 

 

44. Seth's Blog

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/

Seth Godin

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

 

 

45. ShaunInman.com

http://www.shauninman.com/

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

 

 

46. +Simon Willison's Weblog

http://simon.incutio.com/

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

 

 

47. +Simplebits

http://www.simplebits.com/

Dan Cederholm

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

 

 

48. splorp

http://www.splorp.com/splorp/blog/

Grant Hutchinson

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

 

 

49. Slashdot

http://www.slashdot.org/

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

 

 

50. Stopdesign

http://www.stopdesign.com/

Douglas Bowman

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

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

 

 

51. +Superfluousbanter

http://www.superfluousbanter.org/

Dan Rubin and Didier Hilhorst

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

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

 

 

52. Surfin' Safari

http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/hyatt/

Dave Hyatt

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

 

 

53. UI Web

http://www.uiweb.com/

Scott Berkun

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

 

 

54. Unraveled

http://unraveled.com/

Joshua Kaufman

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

 

 

55. vanderwal.net

http://www.vanderwal.net/random/

Thomas Vander Wal

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

 

 

56. The Web Standards Project

http://webstandards.org/buzz/

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

 

 

57. Webword

http://webword.com/index.php

Johns S. Rhodes

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

 

 

58. +What Do I Know

http://www.whatdoiknow.org/

Todd Dominey

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

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

 

 

59. Whitespace

http://9rules.com/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?

 

-Scott

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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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