September 24, 2006

Arrr Esss Esss, Part 2

I've immersed myself in RSS for a full day now and after the initial excitement has worn off, I don't get it. Of the 15 or so feeds I subscribed to, from BMW forums to LogicPro to Engadget to home theater, the quality of the feeds is all over the map.

Some feeds (like, well, mine because I'm lame and don't know how to make a RSS2.0 feed for my blog) only have the first sentence or two. Yay, thanks. Some forum feeds, like the BMW forum I read, only show the first item in the thread, even if it's not the newest so you're left wondering what's new and where you left off. Some forum feeds, like LogicPro, show every single reply as individual elements so you get 15 entries for a thread you never cared about in the first place.

It's nice having everything in one place, but somehow visiting the page and seeing the actual item in context works better for me. The differences in the feeds are so diverse that I end up going to the site to read the article anyway, and once I'm there, reading everything else I'm interested in is easier.

That said, the Engadget feeds (AutoBlog, EngadgetHD, etc) are really good and include the image and full text. I wish everything was like that. Maybe in another year...

Posted by pinkerton at September 24, 2006 11:20 AM