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by Tony Chang
tony@ponderer.org

All opinions on this site are my own and do not represent those of my employer.

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INBOX

Oct 13, 2004, 03:16am EDT

 

 

I prefer information to have a single point of entry. This can be seen by how I handle email: I have all my email come into a single INBOX. Rather than using procmail or email filters to put my messages in folders before I read them, I have filters move messages after I read them.[1] This allows me to have a single place to go to to read new messages.

I do the same thing with browsing the web. Sure, I could use bookmarks or del.icio.us to get to web pages, but I find it easier to either use Firefox keywords or just search. The location bar is my single point of entry into the web.

The command line is the same, a single place to type a command to run any application; graphical or otherwise. This is much more centralized than Windows with its Start Menu, Desktop and the Quick Launch bar all trying to do the same thing.

I do the same thing with feeds from other sites. I use my livejournal friends page to aggregate all feeds into a single place. The entries get interleaved with each other like my email and are shown on the same page. This is different than all other feed aggregators I’ve tried. They all seem to have a side panel with a list of feeds and a number showing how many unread entries for each feed. That’s kind of like the Outlook method of email and I find it works poorly with how I digest information.

What got me thinking about all this was this blog post about how adults and youth digest information better. I’m not sure I agree with his conclusions, but it made me realize the reason that I haven’t started using a real feed aggregator is because my livejournal friends page makes more sense to me. It provides me a single page to scan for updates rather than clicking on a bunch of sidebar links. It also gives me some larger context as to how different web pages relate to one another. Blogs are often in coversation with one another and that is more easily seen when entries are woven together.

So, does anyone know of any feed aggregator that interleaves entries like a livejournal friend’s page?

[1] Actually, filtering my messages into folders after I read them is an artifact of the past. I just search my email instead.

Iain at Oct 13, 2004, 05:25am EDT

I have not used LiveJournal much, but Sharpreader connects blog posts, if they link each other.


hairylunch at Oct 13, 2004, 11:16am EDT

Looks like Syndigator will do what you want. From it’s homepage:

Aggregation of feeds in categories If you click a category all the unread messages in all feeds of that category will be shown to you.
Sure, you’d have to put all your feeds in one category, but sounds like it work …

DC at Oct 13, 2004, 12:31pm EDT

Wow. When you point that out I realize I do the exact same thing. For example, I hardly ever read Matt or Neil’s blogs because I don’t have them showing up on my livejournal friends page (am I just missing the syndication?). There are also several comic strips that I read ONLY because I can get them on my friends page. I’ve also, interestingly enough, started filtering my gmail (it goes to Inbox and whatever it filters to and then archives to all mail and whatever it filters to) not so that I can easily find certain emails, but so that I’ll have a good idea of what to delete when I start running out of space.

(also, I think this site could use a cookie that fills in name, email, and URI for me since they’re the same every time)


tony at Oct 13, 2004, 12:53pm EDT

Neil’s LJ syndication account.

Matt hasn’t finished adding RSS to his page. Keep bugging him about it (like I do).

Hmm, cookie request, eh? I can do that, but it means adding a checkbox to the post comment UI (whether or not to save information), which is why I was hesitant.


DC at Oct 13, 2004, 05:51pm EDT

I find it to be a useful feature. you could put it at the bottom on the same row with the preview and add comment buttons without really taking up extra space.


Matt at Oct 13, 2004, 02:33pm EDT

Another good reason not to read my page is that I hardly ever post anything interesting.


DC at Oct 13, 2004, 05:52pm EDT

Everybody says that. I just find it interesting to keep up with what’s going on with people. Makes me feel a little more connected to people.


Dave at Oct 19, 2004, 08:54pm EDT

Because, like anybody knows, Married People = teh boring.


Matt at Oct 19, 2004, 10:43pm EDT

Maybe I should have some kids. Then I’m sure things will be more exciting (terrifying) around here.


guillebe at Oct 14, 2004, 10:10am EDT

Userland Radio included aggregator works this way, it shows content from all your sources mixed in a single page.


tom at Oct 21, 2004, 07:49pm EDT

why don’t you like G.W.Bush?

see: http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/newcon

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