Holiday and RSS

No posts for the next few days over the (US) holiday period as we are travelling.

A parting note on reading feeds. I have shifted to Chrome for much of my web use. Although there are a few things I miss, overall I like the snappiness of its response. This means that I have also shifted to Google Reader for much of my feed reading. I never took to BlogLines, and Chrome is without the two environments in which I did most of my feed reading: the integrated reader of Flock and the Sage extension that I use in FireFox. A few random notes about this:

  1. Before shifting to a network level reader I had an intermittently synchronized sets of feeds. Different browsers at work and at home were not always in synch (I would typically have four overlapping sets of feeds, as I would use FireFox and Flock on work and home machines). This was a feature. It was nice to open up a different set of feeds, even if the differences were minor. And if I hadn't used a particular browser for a while, FireFox at home for example, when I returned to it I would rediscover feeds I hadn't seen for a while. There might be a small core, but the variety was good. It is a bit boring turning to the same set of feeds each time now ;-)
  2. Of course, this represents a move further into Googleville. I have also been using Google Blogsearch as my main blog search tool. I still look at Ask/Bloglines but less often. That said, I notice that recently Google appears to be indexing whole 'blog pages', including sidebar text and so on, which is a bit confusing. A search on 'lorcan dempsey' for example will bring back newly published pages in which 'lorcan dempsey' appears in the blogroll. I wonder why the change.
  3. As I say, one result of moving between sets of feeds was that I would sometimes go for a while without reading one feed or another. When I didn't read a feed for a while, I found myself imagining that it had faded away and that other people were also not reading it ;-) Of course, I knew this wasn't the case, but it was an interesting reminder of how much the rock we stand on influences our perspective ...

Writing this, I was reminded of Nicholas Carr's post on the centripetal web.

Comments: 2

Nov 27, 2008
WoW!ter

Hi Lorcan,
I noted your second point as well. In actual fact Google Blogsearch is living up to its promise as it is moving away from a feed search to a blogsearch. Now let's hope that they stop in blogsearch with indexing feeds from newspapers, that show up in both the news search and blogsearch machines.

Nov 27, 2008
Peter Murray

I, too, noticed the expansion of hits over the past couple of days in my Google Blogsearch ego search coming from mentions in blogroll listings. It is frustrating because it lessens the usefulness service, from my perspective. I've been hoping it is a bug and not a redefined indexing algorithm (as the first commenter indicated).