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Real Time Web Reality

Tweeting from an iPadA little while ago, I was flicking through feeds in Newsrack on my iPad. I chose to share an article via Twitter, in the application. I pressed send – and saw the Tweet pop up immediately in Seesmic Desktop II on my work Dell laptop, which is on a completely different network.

The real time web is, well, real, isn’t it?
I wonder how many publishers are getting to grips with protocols like PubSubHubbub and Twitter’s user streams?
If we’re serious about news, about exclusives, about breaking stories, we need to understand the new technologies that allow us to get stories out there fast And my gut feeling is that the industry’s low-level technophobia and conservatism is still holding us back. 
And I wonder how many people reading this are thinking “wow, that was a geeky post”? If that’s what’s going through your mind, try it this way: there are now ways of getting stories to readers the second we push publish. Why aren’t we taking advantage of this? 
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Full Fat Feeds: Stuffing My RSS Reader


This is what my feed reader of choice, NetNewsWire, looks like on a typical afternoon. Many, many unread items in many, many different groupings. Looking at that, one might think that it is time for my to join the chorus of people announcing an RSS cull, trimming the feeds they subscribe to down to a manageable number. 
Well, I'm going the other way. I'm adding feeds. And here's why:

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How I Use Feed Subscriptions: Part 1

So we'll gloss over that and move on to Dan's second question: How do I manage them?

...I used to go through the various topic-based folders one at a time, but recently I noticed some folders tended to get neglected badly.

... My single worst habit in my feed reading is spawning umpteen tabs with pages I want to comment on, post about or just peruse in more detail. So, to all the bloggers who have written fantastic posts that I've marked to deal with later - and then never come back to: sorry.

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Two Thoughts on RSS

feed-icon-64x64.png1. We really need some way to incorporate comments directly into the RSS feed (and no, doing it separately WordPress-style doesn’t cut it).

2. If you have a large number of RSS feeds in your aggregator, they really need to be tended like a garden. The dead wood and decaying flowers need to be trimmed away to let new shoots flourish, and you need to mow the lawn regularly. 1909 items unread does not count as a well-mown RSS lawn.

Feedburner is FreeBurner

Today’s entry in the really-not-very-surprising stakes:Google Sets Feedburner Pro Free!

FeedBurner, the Chicago-based feed management startup that was recently acquired by Google, has decided to offer its Pro services for free. Users can now get all the Pro stats and services for free.

Pretty much par for the course with a Google acquisition, but great news for those of us who use Feedburner to monitor our feeds.