The unintended risks of RSS.

Reflections on Thing 2.

Being a little more visually oriented, I’m currently using Netvibes for my RSS feeds. I like being able to see all new stories at a glance, as well as having a visual indicator of what I have and have not read.

My Netvibes page

Now I’m almost obsessive in checking my Netvibes page. Sometimes it gets me in trouble. Just yesterday, I noticed that the New York Times Book Review feed had an entry for their 10 best books of the year. They had published their longlist of 100 titles last week, and I was eager to see what made the final cut*. But when I clicked the link, the real page hadn’t been posted yet. Oh, the pitfalls of this modern technology!

But anyway. Before Netvibes came along, I had started a Bloglines account, but never seemed to make the jump from surfing individual pages and consistently checking my Bloglines page. Once I switched to Netvibes, that stopped being an issue. As they say, your mileage may vary.

* Bad year for me, as far as having read the supposed top books. I’ve only read one of the titles (Imperial Life in the Emerald City) on the list. That’s neither here nor there, as any list that snubs Junot Díaz is pretty much dead to me.

  • Dan

    I’ve tinkered with Netvibes but am still a staunch supporter of Google Reader. Perhaps I should try Netvibes again since you recommend it. I rarely surf anymore. I do everything through RSS. It makes my web experience so much more efficient.

    As for me, I’ve also read “Imperial Life…” as well as “The Nine.” I enjoyed “Imperial” more. Time to get crackin’ on the other 8 (as well as the list of the 100).

    We’ll have to share feeds sometime. I have a hard time finding other RSS junkies.

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