Intro to RSS and News Aggregation

By Deane Barker on August 18, 2003

Wired News: Aggregators Attack Info Overload: Wired has a good introduction to RSS for those that aren’t using it yet.

“Some even say the emergence of the aggregator is the best thing since a visual Web browser. ‘It’s going to subsume e-mail and subsume many forms of publicity,’ said Steve Gillmor, a technology columnist and blogger. ‘The problem with e-mail is trying to stop a fire hose of data with a thumb in a dike.’

As great as it is, it almost results in more information overload for me. I’m subscribed to more feeds than I can possibly read right now, although NewsGator lets me process them as efficiently as possible. What’s needed is better sorting capabilities, so it’s easier to cut the wheat from the chaff and get to stuff you’re really interested in.



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