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.