Thursday, February 02, 2006

RSS Feeds for Comments

RSS feeds make blogs easy enough to keep track of. If your web site doesn't have an RSS feed, don't plan on me keeping track of it; it's just not worth it most of the time. Every once in a while, an entry will catch my eye, and I'll leave a comment. I would almost always like to stick around for the responses. If I'm really interested, I'll keep the site open in a browser tab for a while, refreshing it every now and then. Once it's closed, I completely lose track of the conversation. It pains me to think of all the discussions where I didn't get the last word. If only more blogging tools published RSS feeds for comments... I wonder if the number of comments would go up. Then again, I'd have to pick up an additional RSS reader. I don't think Bloglines updates often enough for this sort of thing (i.e. comments have much faster and shorter lived momentum than the web sites for which it's geared). If I was a Windows user, I'd probably use Google Desktop. That's the down side of using a hosted blogging service such as Blogger (though not having to host my own server anymore more than makes up for it). Then again, that doesn't apply to me in this case because I can go in and fix it.


Blogger Patrick Lightbody said...

Absolutely. My lame solution for now is to flag the item in my aggregator (NetNewsWire - you should try it!) and then check back in once in a while. Not ideal at all.

Aggregators need to adapt too though. The RSS feed isn't enough, since you could quickly amass a HUGE list to track, making everything slower. Instead, they need an "expire after X days without activity" type of feature.

In the meantime, I've added email notifications to my blog.

1:39 PM  
Blogger ONE TRUTH said...

Hey bob,
You seem to be a rather wise as well as fertile human being. RSS is german to me, but I'm posting here simply because I'm afaraid if I post a response to an older entry, you may never read it...I'm new to blogging, not so much sure how it really works. Any way - I'd like youre opinion on the new BOXX Apexx 4... or on boxx products in general...more precisely, I'm interested in knowing what they mean by 4 dual processors. I'm in the market to buy a new computer, but belive that maybe the kind of computer power I belive I need is not available in a desktop.
lstly, and this may seem lame as hell, but i'm pretty sure most people who aren't programers or the like will benifit from the answer to this question: what is the big difference between workstations, and desktops?
If this question seems confused, it's because I am.
if you could just point me towards the best system for handling video edditing and 3-d ware...I'd be much obliged.(sp?)

9:46 PM  

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