RSS overload

I haven’t even gone on vacation yet, and I already have almost 1000 unread items in my RSS reader. This feels just like the early days of the death of Usenet, when there was simply too much to read (and the signal to noise ratio was dropping with every new message, but that’s another rant).

I just dropped about a dozen feeds; mainly mainstream stuff like Engadget and Gizmodo and a few news sources. They were interesting, but ultimately too much work to read. (Since when did reading blogs become _work_, anyway?). The _really_ interesting stuff gets forwarded to me by other people, or referenced in other weblogs, so I usually see it anyway.

That takes me down to 500 unreads… maybe I’ll drop the cesspool that is /. while I’m at it :-)

posted at 9:21 pm on Monday, August 23, 2004 in Personal | Comments (1)

1 Comment

  1. David Brake says:

    Unlike usenet you can have a little more fine-grained control since a good number of your RSS items will be from individual people whose content you trust to be occaisionally interesting at least. You could always set up an RSS feed that only gave you /. items matching a given search term (using google alert for example?)

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