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24 August 2005

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dahowlett

Sure Neville - but that only really works for the blogs you have lined up in FeedDemon...doesn't it? Wouldn't it be better to have a combination of what FeedDemon offers i.e. a general way of following specific blogs (and whatever they're linking to) + a dedicated aggregator for issues you're interested in following? (Or something like that)Either way, there is a compromise. This is important because 'you don't know what you don't know' yet there is the tantalizing prospect of overcoming that with the current combination of tools at our disposal.

So compared with the past where you might say: "I only read the FT+Economist because they're my trusted sources of information", now you really do need links to which you can hook, but are still constrained inside FeedDemon.

Lee Hopkins

G'day Neville,

I've already blogged about the Microsoft story, courtesy of Stuart Bruce. I've now changed my rss button on my blog and website to 'web feed'.

Lee

Rutger

This is the exact problem I run into when scanning my feeds everyday. I notice that professional news organizations (eg. BBC News, NYT) are far better in producing headlines than most bloggers are. Maybe a news story can be captured more easily in a headline than an op-ed piece (what most blog posts are).

However, I recommend bloggers to pay some attention to headlines. In the process of writing a blog post, typically, you first write the headline and then the story. It should be the other way around; try to capture the story in one line after writing the post.

I once called bad headlines the weakness of RSS http://www.van-waveren.nl/blog/2004/12/07/het-probleem-van-rss/ (in dutch unfortunately)

Richard Byrom

Which version of Feeddemon are you using Neville? I'm using the version 1.6 Beta 2 and seem to be having a few issues.

Nevon

Interesting comment, Dennis. I don't see FD constraining anything. Yes, it will only have content from the RSS feeds I've subscribed to - and not just blogs.

But those are the feeds that I want! Some of those feeds (especially media sites and news wires) enable me to aggregate info from hundreds of other sources as well without signing up for hundreds of additional feeds.

Good points, Rutger. I usually need to have a headline in my mind before I start writing. More often than not, though, the actual headline I'll end up with emerges as I write.

Richard, I'm still with FD 1.5 at the moment. Main reason is that I have a new PC and haven't yet installed the latest beta which I will do. There are some issues judging by some posts in the beta support forum. I experienced quite a few with beta 1 when I had that running on my other PC. These are betas, don't forget!

Richard Byrom

Neville, this style is even better for creating link lists. Since Newspaper is missing in Beta 2 right now, I'm sure you'll be wanting this style

http://nick.typepad.com/feeddemontips/2005/04/creating_a_link.html

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