RSS Feeds And Pet Peeves

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I’ve been using Google’s RSS Reader for about a year and a half now. David O. made me a convert. I liked how it was a (simple) web application and that I could log in to from any computer (of course this was prior to owning a MacBook) – But still. I felt it was way easier to keep up with my friends’ websites and what not. (This was also before Google Sync – So I couldn’t sync my bookmarks between work and home.) Originally, in turn, my RSS Reader became my bookmarks.

So, I know a lot of people are not in to RSS as it takes away from the design elements and user experience of websites. Many of which are quite enjoyable. Let’s be real. How could the Viking Kittens be fed through an RSS Reader? Of course it’s just not possible. Sadly.

In reality, I go back and forth about this. It’s a moral dilemma. I can totally appreciate great design. And then I visit that site with a stellar Flash interface and when I want to get in touch with the author to compliment them on their 45gig conglomerate of a website, I click on “contact,” for example, I get this stellar animation with an envelope coming back from the lips of a person’s face (of course it’s licking the digital stamp). Then it’s flying off the screen with envelope wings to a digital mailbox in the sky. The animation is incredible, jaw dropping and gives me flashbacks with the circles and percentages filling to 100% while it’s loading, but in the time it took to load and animate I had already walked down the hall and taken a dump, cleaned the cat litter and taken Frankie around the block. That’s what gets on my nerves and makes me want to only look at websites via their RSS feeds. Just like the days in early college when we only had Lynx and it was all text.

Anyways, it got me to thinking how many of you use my feed.

PS. If you don’t know what RSS Feeds are, vote No.

4 Responses to “RSS Feeds And Pet Peeves”


  • Since I comment frequently, I frequently get to see people’s designs. But for the most part, I don’t need to constantly consume the design, and RSS lets me read a lot more than I would be if I just went through bookmarks. There’s a lot of weblogs I wouldn’t read if I had to remember to check them each day. So it’s not really a question of reading a site and seeing the design or reading a site by RSS and not seeing the design. It’s a question of reading the site by RSS daily and or forgetting the site even exists.

  • I used RSS feeds for a long time but when switching browsers they got deleted and I never set them up again. Now, with Leopard’s Mail app working as an RSS reader I am starting to find them again. I think what bothers me more than not being able to see the design is not being able to see all the content and possibly missing something. Like with this post… I would never have known there was a poll question without you mentioning it. I probably would have seen it eventually when I was just browsing sites in my free time but the RSS feed would not have helped me with that at all.

  • RSS is part of my daily routine. As Dave mentioned, I see the design when I comment. My biggest pet peeve? RSS feeds that don’t provide full text.

  • I second Alex’s peeve. Not having full text is really annoying. I find the blogs that don’t include full text are the one’s that have lots of advertising. They want the impressions, I guess. Which I can understand. But making the sacrifice is worth it, I think. Anyway, that’s a tangent. Bottom line: without RSS, I would forget to check people’s sites. So it’s crucial for me. But I still think design is important.

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