Tonight I learned more about feed readers and rss feeds. I had feeds on this site – for rss1, rss2 and for comments rss. So I thought I was doing it pretty well. But for some reason I decided to go exploring and learn more about the world of feed readers in general and FeedBurner in specific.
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Now I remember … I checked out the sites of people I tagged yesterday and one person, Chris O’Byrne, had an article, About trackbacks, on feed readers and pointed to another article, Blog Readership Rising, on another blog. So off I went into the wild blue yonder …
One thing I found out reading at FeedBurner is that they recommend using a feed reader on your desktop rather than a web-based news feed reader. I have looked for the article there and I can’t find it again. But they said that some of the most popular news feed readers sort of take over your feeds and go snooping. Sorry I can’t find that quote. But the essence is that they say your privacy is safer if you bring the news to your desktop rather than going to a news service that is web-based because they are always looking for other feeds.
So a friend suggested NetNewsWire (and the Lite is free) and Vienna (free) for Macs. So I am set up to read some of the blogs I like by feed reader. If you like, I have gotten my feeds in better shape and it should be easy for you to keep up through feeds. There is even a comment if you want to keep up with comments.
~ Diane Clancy