Reading feeds

I’m going to play the arrogant bbbaaaahhhhssstttaaarrrddd and brag about how many feeds I’m reading and how many items I’m putting on my link blog.

Google Reader says: “From your 739 subscriptions over the last 30 days you read 28,433 items, and shared 979 items.”

Seriously I really appreciate the kind notes you all have been sending me about my link blog. I really love doing it and reading so much helps me keep up with the industry and know what companies are getting hot. Plus you tell me it saves you lots of time. It’s a lot easier to read 1,000 items a month than it is to read 28,000.

If you have a blog or news source you’d like to see me add to my link blog, let me know. UPDATE: I just uploaded my OPML file (a list of all the feeds I read) to share.opml.org. That site lets you see all my feeds and compare how many people are subscribed to each one. It’s even cooler if you upload your own list of feeds (er, OPML file) to that site.

84 thoughts on “Reading feeds

  1. wowwwwww, I simply had no idea you read THAT MANY! items, let alone subscribed to that many feeds!!!

    keep up the good work of the link blog, what would you do without google reader!

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  2. wowwwwww, I simply had no idea you read THAT MANY! items, let alone subscribed to that many feeds!!!

    keep up the good work of the link blog, what would you do without google reader!

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  3. WoW! thats a lot of reading…. But thanks to your list of feeds, i got a few more interesting blogs to read now. As for Adding another blog, try http://www.watblog.com, its a blog on the Indian Web Advertising Technology (WAT) scene.

    🙂

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  4. WoW! thats a lot of reading…. But thanks to your list of feeds, i got a few more interesting blogs to read now. As for Adding another blog, try http://www.watblog.com, its a blog on the Indian Web Advertising Technology (WAT) scene.

    🙂

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  5. I got up to 170 and am now back down to 130. I feel so small… I’d say subscribe to my blog, but I figure you wouldn’t care a bit about Linux related content.

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  6. I got up to 170 and am now back down to 130. I feel so small… I’d say subscribe to my blog, but I figure you wouldn’t care a bit about Linux related content.

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  7. Even I have read the feeds three times everyday.. and then check it on my mobile… still dont complete all of them… I empathise…

    But you are amazing score with number of feeds and with the ones you share it with us…

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  8. Even I have read the feeds three times everyday.. and then check it on my mobile… still dont complete all of them… I empathise…

    But you are amazing score with number of feeds and with the ones you share it with us…

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  9. Just ignore the valleywanker. I have 578 feeds and read almost 40.000 items the last 30 days. My respect to you for keeping us up to date with so many feeds and articles to read. For me it’s hard to track the news with so many feeds. I think I can’t handle many more.
    A couple of days ago I read an article over at Ryan Clark Holiday’s blog where you responded also. (Sorry time flies, I thought you cleaned up your feeds not too long ago, It looked for me like yesterday.) FYI, I noticed your OPML file and I found a couple of more interesting feeds 🙂 Ryan Clark says he can’t find 600 good websites/blogs on the internet, so I don’t agree with him

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  10. Just ignore the valleywanker. I have 578 feeds and read almost 40.000 items the last 30 days. My respect to you for keeping us up to date with so many feeds and articles to read. For me it’s hard to track the news with so many feeds. I think I can’t handle many more.
    A couple of days ago I read an article over at Ryan Clark Holiday’s blog where you responded also. (Sorry time flies, I thought you cleaned up your feeds not too long ago, It looked for me like yesterday.) FYI, I noticed your OPML file and I found a couple of more interesting feeds 🙂 Ryan Clark says he can’t find 600 good websites/blogs on the internet, so I don’t agree with him

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  11. Robert-
    I tried to save the link above as an opml file and import into google reader but it doesn’t work. Google reader chokes on it. Is there a way to post a “pure” opml file that is importable into google reader? Thanks-Jim

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  12. Robert-
    I tried to save the link above as an opml file and import into google reader but it doesn’t work. Google reader chokes on it. Is there a way to post a “pure” opml file that is importable into google reader? Thanks-Jim

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  13. Your link blog absolutely rocks Robert. I’ve recently shaved off about 50% of my blog RSS feeds in favor of topical RSS feeds from Technorati searches and your link blog is a nice compliment to stay on top of important topics. Keep it up.

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  14. Your link blog absolutely rocks Robert. I’ve recently shaved off about 50% of my blog RSS feeds in favor of topical RSS feeds from Technorati searches and your link blog is a nice compliment to stay on top of important topics. Keep it up.

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  15. Thanks Robert for all the hard work. Since I’ve subscribed to your feed I have added many more great feeds based on your posts. If you’re looking for something humorous to read I’ve started a “diary” about my life in Corporate America. Give it a lookover… I would love to be “Scobleized.”

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  16. Thanks Robert for all the hard work. Since I’ve subscribed to your feed I have added many more great feeds based on your posts. If you’re looking for something humorous to read I’ve started a “diary” about my life in Corporate America. Give it a lookover… I would love to be “Scobleized.”

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  17. Google Reader Says: From your 186 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 14,854 items, starred 0 items, and shared 496 items.

    I’d love to share the OPML file, but many of the search functions are work-related, and we’re trying not to mix the two focuses.

    ONE MORE THING: It turns out that since I added your shared link blog to my feeds, it’s been the #1 source for items I share myself. I didn’t expect that.

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  18. Google Reader Says: From your 186 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 14,854 items, starred 0 items, and shared 496 items.

    I’d love to share the OPML file, but many of the search functions are work-related, and we’re trying not to mix the two focuses.

    ONE MORE THING: It turns out that since I added your shared link blog to my feeds, it’s been the #1 source for items I share myself. I didn’t expect that.

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  19. Can you share the opml file itself, there doesn’t seem to be a way to download it from Share Your OPML. I’m the 17th most prolific subscriber on Share Your OPML, and would like to compare your opml file with mine using Radio Userland.

    Thanks.

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  20. Can you share the opml file itself, there doesn’t seem to be a way to download it from Share Your OPML. I’m the 17th most prolific subscriber on Share Your OPML, and would like to compare your opml file with mine using Radio Userland.

    Thanks.

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  21. Robert,

    I am surprised I didn’t see any flickr feeds listed. GoogleReader is an awesome way to keep up with your flickr or zooomr friends photos. I stick all mine in a flickr folder and then rip through them really quickly. If I see one I want to view larger I just command click (mac) on it to open in a new tab. After I have a few tabs open I go through the tabs looking at the photos and closing tabs as I go. That way all the photos are preloaded and I just close a tab to get to the next one.

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  22. Robert,

    I am surprised I didn’t see any flickr feeds listed. GoogleReader is an awesome way to keep up with your flickr or zooomr friends photos. I stick all mine in a flickr folder and then rip through them really quickly. If I see one I want to view larger I just command click (mac) on it to open in a new tab. After I have a few tabs open I go through the tabs looking at the photos and closing tabs as I go. That way all the photos are preloaded and I just close a tab to get to the next one.

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  23. New RSS Reader Feature Request: A per-feed content filter, so I never have to read a post where Scoble is pimping his ‘link blog’…

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  24. New RSS Reader Feature Request: A per-feed content filter, so I never have to read a post where Scoble is pimping his ‘link blog’…

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  25. Herschel: I cover how I read my feeds here on video: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2007/05/16/how-scoble-reads-622-rss-feeds-each-morning/

    On first pass I’m not “reading” per se, but looking for items that are worthy of reading.

    On second pass I, indeed, do read.

    And, anyway, the proof is in the pudding. Are the items consistently high quality? Does noise slip through?

    I’d say “yes” and “no.” So, if that’s the case then how did that happen if I didn’t “read” every item?

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  26. Herschel: I cover how I read my feeds here on video: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2007/05/16/how-scoble-reads-622-rss-feeds-each-morning/

    On first pass I’m not “reading” per se, but looking for items that are worthy of reading.

    On second pass I, indeed, do read.

    And, anyway, the proof is in the pudding. Are the items consistently high quality? Does noise slip through?

    I’d say “yes” and “no.” So, if that’s the case then how did that happen if I didn’t “read” every item?

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  27. Wow. That is a lot of feeds! How much time do you spend a day?

    Personally I’ve been there. Trying (and not really succeeding) reading A LOT of feeds. Now instead I just have a few on which I can actively comment and contribute to.

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  28. Wow. That is a lot of feeds! How much time do you spend a day?

    Personally I’ve been there. Trying (and not really succeeding) reading A LOT of feeds. Now instead I just have a few on which I can actively comment and contribute to.

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  29. Ok Robert, yea, you always have interesting posts on your Blog and you do have good link items. After watching the shaky video, I realized that you indeed do not “read” every link item. You have developed a really good “human filtering algorithm” that works well.

    You should apply for SCI-FI’s “Who wants to be a superhero.” Your shtick would center around “saving IT from boring blog posts… — Blogomaniac.”

    Keep up the good work…

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  30. Ok Robert, yea, you always have interesting posts on your Blog and you do have good link items. After watching the shaky video, I realized that you indeed do not “read” every link item. You have developed a really good “human filtering algorithm” that works well.

    You should apply for SCI-FI’s “Who wants to be a superhero.” Your shtick would center around “saving IT from boring blog posts… — Blogomaniac.”

    Keep up the good work…

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  31. Robert you are the man! Interesting that only 3.4% of all those feeds make it to your link blog. Sounds about right to me.

    Thanks for being our filter and editor!

    Don Dodge

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  32. Robert you are the man! Interesting that only 3.4% of all those feeds make it to your link blog. Sounds about right to me.

    Thanks for being our filter and editor!

    Don Dodge

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  33. Thanks for convincing me to give Google Reader another go. I tried it when it first came out and it was pretty bad, but now it’s fantastic and has replaced BBC News as my homepage.

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  34. Thanks for convincing me to give Google Reader another go. I tried it when it first came out and it was pretty bad, but now it’s fantastic and has replaced BBC News as my homepage.

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  35. I’ll share three link blogs:

    Over 600 that I use to search within, i.e., I search within the feeds and create RSS feeds from the search results. Nice Bloglines feature. Your readers could do this with your blogroll, too, by importing it into a Bloglines account (or you could do this for them and then they could search within your feeds). Frankly, there’s no way I could review 600 feeds, so the search within Bloglines feature is great!! And I’m searching within feeds that I’ve already qualified. Searching the blogosphere = way too much noise. Searching within pre-qualified feeds = mostly on target.

    http://www.bloglines.com/public/DSL

    My top 200 or so, which I regularly review. Fact is, I use Omea Pro, which is much better than Google Reader (which I also use) or Bloglines (or GreatNews, for that matter).

    http://www.bloglines.com/public/QBL

    And, since I’m in China, my top 20 feeds covering China.

    http://www.bloglines.com/public/bestonchina

    The disadvantage of using Omea Pro is that I can’t share, but the lack of a social bookmarking option is far outweighed by all the other goodies offered by Omea Pro (which is free). Check it out: It’s really superior to anything on the market … but it only runs under Windows.

    *** If sharing is most important, I’d recommend Google Reader.

    *** If creating a personal digital library (PDL) is most important, then I’d DEFINITELY recommend Omea Pro, especially if combined with Furl.

    Another option, of course, is to use Google Reader combined with Furl. Still, Omea Pro still has a lot more features — useful features, too — than does Google Reader.

    Disclosure: Some of the feeds I read do NOT make it on my public blogrolls. Hey, that’s life. Some things I’d rather NOT share.

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  36. I’ll share three link blogs:

    Over 600 that I use to search within, i.e., I search within the feeds and create RSS feeds from the search results. Nice Bloglines feature. Your readers could do this with your blogroll, too, by importing it into a Bloglines account (or you could do this for them and then they could search within your feeds). Frankly, there’s no way I could review 600 feeds, so the search within Bloglines feature is great!! And I’m searching within feeds that I’ve already qualified. Searching the blogosphere = way too much noise. Searching within pre-qualified feeds = mostly on target.

    http://www.bloglines.com/public/DSL

    My top 200 or so, which I regularly review. Fact is, I use Omea Pro, which is much better than Google Reader (which I also use) or Bloglines (or GreatNews, for that matter).

    http://www.bloglines.com/public/QBL

    And, since I’m in China, my top 20 feeds covering China.

    http://www.bloglines.com/public/bestonchina

    The disadvantage of using Omea Pro is that I can’t share, but the lack of a social bookmarking option is far outweighed by all the other goodies offered by Omea Pro (which is free). Check it out: It’s really superior to anything on the market … but it only runs under Windows.

    *** If sharing is most important, I’d recommend Google Reader.

    *** If creating a personal digital library (PDL) is most important, then I’d DEFINITELY recommend Omea Pro, especially if combined with Furl.

    Another option, of course, is to use Google Reader combined with Furl. Still, Omea Pro still has a lot more features — useful features, too — than does Google Reader.

    Disclosure: Some of the feeds I read do NOT make it on my public blogrolls. Hey, that’s life. Some things I’d rather NOT share.

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  37. Robert, play nice and create a public Bloglines blogroll for everyone. This way they can export the OPML file. They can also create searches within your blogroll, i.e., create RSS feeds from the searches.

    See this as one example from one of my public Bloglines blogrolls:

    http://www.bloglines.com/search?q=china+outsourcing&ql=en&s=f&pop=n&news=m&i=m&u=DSL&uid=c0a64900&n=100&format=rss or http://tinyurl.com/ysfyxd (to view it, NOT to add it)

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  38. Robert, play nice and create a public Bloglines blogroll for everyone. This way they can export the OPML file. They can also create searches within your blogroll, i.e., create RSS feeds from the searches.

    See this as one example from one of my public Bloglines blogrolls:

    http://www.bloglines.com/search?q=china+outsourcing&ql=en&s=f&pop=n&news=m&i=m&u=DSL&uid=c0a64900&n=100&format=rss or http://tinyurl.com/ysfyxd (to view it, NOT to add it)

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