Google Burner?

I just read that Google is considering buying FeedBurner. At first it didn’t really surprise or worry me – but then I read this:

With this deal, Google can integrate both AdWords and, soon, DoubleClick into FeedBurner’s feeds as well as create more sophisticated RSS search tools.

I have just one thing to say – if Google does buy FeedBurner and does put ads on my feed I will switch back to using just my default WordPress feed – even if it means I don’t get the cool stats that I get now.

Back to Bloglines

Well, you can’t say I didn’t give it a real try – after sticking with Google Reader I just couldn’t get over the problems I was having – so I’m back at Bloglines with an updated (shareable) list of feeds.

Basically I liked the reading interface and the fact that I couldn’t accidentally click on a folder and mark everything read – but that’s about it. I hate that I couldn’t resize the left column or see how many posts I really had to read (100+ means diddly squat when you subscribe to as much as I do).

I’ll still keep an eye on Google Reader to see if they make any significant upgrades – but until then, it’s back to my first choice :)

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Thoughts on Google Reader

So today I switched to Google Reader. My husband has been raving about it – and a bunch of librarian buddies were using it at CIL. Here are my first impressions.

  1. I can’t share my subscription list – just individual posts (unless someone tells me otherwise)
  2. I can’t widen the left column to see full titles and number of new posts (and I can’t scroll left to right either)
  3. sometimes I don’t want to scroll – sometimes I can see everything that is new on one screen – but if I don’t scroll things aren’t marked new. I know I can change that option – but then I’m back where I was with Bloglines.

So – is the change worth it? I don’t know – I’ll stick to it for a bit, but right now I’m getting annoyed at little things that I was used to before.

Are people writing less?

Is something up with Bloglines or are people writing less? I usually have hundreds of things to read (thousands if I do my homework like I should) – and yet I’ve been able to keep up lately. Also, all del.icio.us feeds are looking wierd and not very helpful at all. I might have to join a lot of you and check out Google Reader.

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Track Prices on Amazon with RSS

Thanks Sarah for pointing this out to me!!

There’s a tool called RSStalker that lets you track price changes on Amazon by RSS. You can have feeds for your entire wishlist or a specific item.

Also, from the RSStalker site:

Amazon.com doesn’t advertise it, but they have a 30 day price drop policy. If you bought something from them and they lower the price within 30 days, just fill out a form and they’ll refund you the difference.

So, armed with the knowledge of these 2 things, you can now save yourself some money – or at least get some money back!! Awesome!

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Oh Cool – More Ways to Find RSS Feeds for Journals

Christina quotes an email from Ulrich’s Web:

The new “RSS Available” Advanced Search limiter makes it possible for users to identify the growing number of periodicals that are providing headlines, recent issues or other content via RSS (Really Simple Syndication). An RSS feed provides content via XML files that are then read by an RSS reader or web browser. CSA is adding RSS availability data to thousands of individual Ulrich's records so that users can learn about the various frequencies, formats, and providers of these content-delivery feeds. Ulrich's records also display the URL of the RSS feed(s) for the periodical. Users may create their own lists of RSS feed URLs in Ulrichsweb.com, click on the URL to link to the RSS feed, or cut and paste the URL into their preferred RSS reader.

This is one of those tools I didn’t know about until library school (Ulrich’s that is – not RSS) – and it’s so very handy!!

Wanna Keep Up?

Thanks Steven for pointing me to Marshall Kirkpatrick’s post on keeping up.

RSS feeds make it possible to consume far more information at a faster pace than would otherwise be possible for the human brain. That said, many people experience a new level of information overload once they begin reading feeds. Here’s an overview of how I read thousands of RSS feeds without breaking a sweat.

Give it a read if you’re interested in how the Marshall kept up in order to write for TechCrunch. I can’t imagine having thousands of feeds in my reader!

LibWorm Announced

Yesterday, while I was working on my final projects, news of LibWorm spread throughout the biblioblogosphere. LibWorm is a “Librarianship RSS and Current Awareness Search” by MedWorm's Frankie Dolan and David Rothman.

LibWorm let’s you search for library news across over 1000 RSS feed (including blogs, journal tables of contents and more). I need to poke more before I give my official opinion – but the one thing missing is a way to see what feeds are included. If I find a journal RSS I want to share with others, I want to have an easy way to find out if it’s included and I did a few searches and browsed a bit, it was easy to find news (which is the point) but not the sources for the news (not the point – but a handy addition so that I don’t waste people’s time with suggestions).

Read more from David himself or from LibWorm’s About page.