A couple of days ago I stumbled upon NewsFire, an RSS and Atom reader for OS X. Syndication is nothing new, it’s a service that virtually all blogs on the interweb has - even online newspapers are using RSS and Atom syndication these days.
Still, I’m personally not a big fan of it. In general, RSS and Atom will only present you with text and pictures without the design that you’d usually see when accessing the content directly on the website it originated from. And the design is an important part of the whole feel of a site.
So I doubt that I’ll ever start using an RSS reader, I’d still do it the old fashioned way - by visiting the site. It might take a little longer, but that’s quite all right. If I ever do feel the need for an RSS reader, the bundled reader in Opera would probably be my choice. No bells nor whistles, but still more than enough features for me.
All this said, I realize that syndication is what the people want these days, so I’ve fixed my RSS and Atom feeds. They now feature the whole entry, not just the first paragraph and they I’m using FeedBurner for statistics.
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Currently I’m subscribed to rather a lot of feeds, some by people who don’t post all that often, but who I certainly want to keep up with. I couldn’t go without a reader.
I glance over the feeds that come in and when I want to read the post at that moment, I click on its link and read it on-site. That gives me a feeling of proximity to the blog and its author I wouldn’t have otherwise.