Search Feeds

Mary Hodder writes about her reaqding habits have changed:

…about a year ago, I started adding Technorati watchlists, as well as Feedster and Pubsub search feeds, and, Furl and flickr feeds on tags, and looking up terms on Blogpulse and Bloglines, to see who linked to my blog, wrote about key words I cared about or were on a topic, project or company I was tracking. Sometime last summer, I realized that more than half my 300+ feeds were search feeds — key words, URLs and in some cases other focusing information like say, the middle 50% of bloggers based upon inbound links. I would put these search criteria into any one of these services, on myself and my blogs, topics and people I’m interested in, companies and institutions I work for, and that I most often went to read those first. If I were working on something, I’d read the 20 or so search feeds that matter, maybe one or two bloggers that matter… and later go back and read the rest of my RSS feeds for more general use.

Then, after a while, I started reading all the search feeds first, and a few blogger’s feeds, but the rest of the single blog feeds have become less important. Often, I see those blogger’s (whose single feeds I subcribe to) posts in my search feeds, because they do blog on those topics I care about, though not all their posts are on those topics fit those search criteria. With a finite amount of time, increasingly defined information needs, and a desire to raise the signal to noise ratio, I rely more heavily on the search feeds, than other traditional RSS feeds that send me a single blog’s or legacy news feed.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.