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by Tony Chang

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managing different feeds

Jun 30, 2005, 11:52pm EDT



I like reading link blogs, but I wish there was a better way to aggregate them. I could just add them to the same aggregator that pulls in regular blog posts, but then I’d end up with lots of little entries mixed with real entries. It also doesn’t work well since I view things in interwoven reverse chronological order. I would rather have a single entry once a day with all the day’s links (kind of like subscribing to a mailing list in digest mode).

So FeedBurner offers the ability to splice links into a feed, but it seems to only work with specific services not random link blogs that may be using wordpress or something custom. Also, I feel weird using feedburner on a feed that I don’t own. The service looks like it’s designed for the owner of a feed.

This also makes me wonder if other people manage chronological feeds (like blogs) differently from itemized data (like a list or notes).

Any suggestions? If not, I guess I’ll write my own scripts …

Iain at Jul 01, 2005, 05:38am EDT

Maybe I’m missing the point, but why not keep the different feed types in different folders? Bloglines, Sharpreader and most of the other aggregators I have tried allow you to group feeds together into folders.

tony at Jul 01, 2005, 11:50am EDT

That’s a good idea. I could create a group for linkblogs and a group for everything else. It would mean I have to check two different places each day, but it would work.

Alternately, I was thinking that maybe I should just use Firefox’s live bookmarks for link blogs, but I think that would require me constantly checking the bookmark for updates.

jesse baer at Jul 08, 2005, 02:09pm EDT

a few months ago I was trying to find the same thing, and I found that dave winer has given it a name: “river of news” style aggregation. That led me to rawdog, which looks good but i haven’t set up, and newsburst which is what I’m using (mostly) for now. If you have a mac, safari’s rss implementation is also pretty nice. There’s also kinja, if the other solutions don’t work for you, but it’s older and I don’t like it as much (and it has ads!)