Leslie Walker discusses the current crop of news readers (RSS aggregators), kaming the point that “the technology behind news-reader software represents another way to navigate the Web besides search engines, portals and bookmarks.” Among the favourites: NewzCrawler.
A few other points made:
I see news-readers as adjuncts, not replacements, for Web browsers. The idea isn’t to divert you from Web sites as much as to let you scan more sites.
Stripping the graphics and layout from sites and extracting just headlines means you lose important visual cues about what the site creators deemed most important.
I expect the next generation of automated news-readers will allow far more sophisticated filtering to present headlines that match our personal information cravings.