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Google Reader Wish List

February 8, 2007

Speaking of Google Reader, 901 AM (or I guess that’s 90.1 AM) has a nice list of Needed Features and Fixes for Google Reader.

Most of these are pretty good (although I wonder how small your list of feeds is if you really need a “new story available” pop-up), but the one that really intrigued me was:

Solve Overflow Memory Leak Problems: The ability to auto-refresh or just manually refresh your RSS feeds in Google Reader is a great feature, but the downside is you will find all those feeds build up in your session, and if your running Firefox, this can cause some serious memory leaks, if you use it frequently.

If I could find a place to turn off auto-refresh, I could be a much happier camper with Google Reader (since I suspect he’s right that that’s a lot of the Firefox problem). Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a setting to turn this off — am I missing something obvious?

I’ve gotten around some of the problems I’ve had since they did Video Embeds by using the “U” shortcut to lose the folder navigation while I’m reading — that seems to keep it from locking up all over the place (although there’s still some user interface oddities, like large grey boxes that appear over text occasionally), but if I could go back to the normal view and not have it freeze, I’d be thrilled.

Better RSS Reader Needed

February 5, 2007

Living on the bleeding edge of technology is a pain in the ass some days. I waste a lot of time with use RSS readers heavily — they let me stay on top of things quickly, and allow me to accumulate detailed information on topics that I can drill down into when the need arises and time allows.

Unfortunately, I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to just keep one of them working.

Back in the dark days, when I was living in Windows, FeedDemon was my go-to RSS reader. When I started working cross-platform, I started using Bloglines — the footprint on any given machine was minimal, my “last reads” were updated everywhere, and it worked well.

For awhile.
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Kicking Bloglines to the Curb

November 26, 2005

Gregarius - A Free, Web-Based Feed AggregatorAh Bloglines…

I remember when we were both young (was it only spring of last year?), and I was so fond of you…

You were new, you were fresh — you did things for me that no other feed reader did.

For you, I swore off my favorite local feed reader applications. I learned to appreciate frames and funky javascript all over again.

I sang your praises to my friends — hell, to anyone who’d listen.

Sorry to say, though — I’m done with you.
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The more things change…

March 5, 2005

Steve Gilmor’s just managed to sum up pretty much the same thing I’ve been thinking about Google’s new Autolink hijack product, in “Deaf dumb and blind boys”.  Once more into the breech, friends…

“So just when everybody thinks there is no new Borg, along comes Larry, Moe, and Sergey to take over the show. The thing that’s making me angry is not that history is repeating itself, but that stupidity is repeating itself. How hard is it to realize that delivering a service that makes users feel powerless is not a good thing. Particularly users with loaded weapons called blogs and ‘casts. Who cares if you can do it because. Forget the stuff about do no evil. Do no stupid.”

We didn’t put up with this when Microsoft wanted to do it, we aren’t going to put up with it now, and we won’t put up with it when the next great hope decides to resurrect the idea yet again.

Why is it that no matter how user oriented a company is, sooner or later they turn the corner and decide that they suddenly have a mandate to ram crap down people’s throats?

We ain’t gonna take it.  Yet again.

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Reach new audiences with Podcasting

February 9, 2005

Podcasting has yet to hit the mainstream, but the process has started — in the past two days, USA Today has covered the phenomenon in two different articles.  If you have (or can produce) audio content, there is still time to reach a major new audience as it grows.

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Business Blogging Article Roundup

January 15, 2005

There are a lot of people busily writing away this week on how to successfully build and promote business blogs.  Here are a handful of good tips regarding finding your voice as a business blogger, and some anecdotes regarding search engine success.

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Why you should read weblogs

January 13, 2005

You’re a busy person, and you already spend all of the time you can afford keeping up with your industry.  Should you bother taking the time to learn about weblogs?  You betcha — the benefits to your business and your bottom line can be immense, and once you do, you’ll wonder what you were waiting for.

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The Case for Quality

January 9, 2005

In “Blog design in the age of RSS”, “The Long Tail” author Chris Anderson suggests that the new shift towards RSS as a substantial traffic source means that the quality of articles posted to your site is beginning to be more important than regularity in posting in keeping people subscribed to your syndication feed (and thus returning to your site.)
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RSS & Traffic

December 23, 2004

Richard MacManus has a great analysis of several recent revelations regarding traffic, RSS, BlogLines and contextual advertising.

“more people are reading Boing Boing via Bloglines than via any other single method (including landing on Boing Boing’s site via Google or indeed all the search engines combined). At least, that’s what I take from Mark’s claim that “Bloglines audience share is 2.7x larger than Google’s in the number of overall impressions.””

The upshot of all of this is that RSS-based traffic is becoming exceedingly valuable, and that as BlogLines adds contextual advertising, it may become a substantial competitor to using Google AdWords or Overture as a source of pay-per-click traffic.

Still More Free MP3s

July 24, 2004

In case you haven’t had enough free MP3s lately, MP3Blogs is aggregating feeds from other MP3 blogs—read it in your browser, or in your favorite RSS aggregator for the latest posting of MP3s from a lot of other sites.

If they get a lot of participation, this could be the motherlode of free MP3s, particularly from independent artists.  Go get it while it lasts!

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