posted Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 1:04 AM MST
Joining a merry band congregated around the "The “river” versus “folder” RSS approach" discussion in the Scobleizer blog (John Robb; Aaron B. Hockley; Brian Sullivan; Dave Coustan; John Stanforth; Craig Barnes; with Dave Winer as eminence grise / rabble-rouser; [checkout one response]) , Jay Gilmore rang my bell with this bit:
"I had tried browser extensions and then switched to the feed reading support in Thunderbird but became frustrated with a lack of control of my feed appearance."This corresponds to my impression. He then continues in his own blog with Destination: World Class by Jay Gilmore ? Feed Reader Search Topic Wavelength:
"My own experience using most online tools—not just feed readers—is that they are slow and changing settings is often takes two to three times as many steps vs. a standalone application.""In Search of a Desktop Feed Reader Client" is a fuller treatment of that subject.
I was tired when I wrote my contribution in Scobleizer and I nearly wrote W=V/Q ... meh ... tired now!*
"*What I was writing originally triggered such profound proprietary instincts in me that those waves caused FF1.5 to lock up hard and I had to abort. Not j/k!*
W=Q/V ... what something is worth depends on how much of it there is and how fast it's moving, did I recall my Economics 12?
Cognitive ergonomics: there's no way I'm going to put up with being pained repeatedly and frequently ... unless there's a payoff. (Cost/benefit, yes?) If each of a long series of teeny actions bothered us a teeny little bit then we'd prolly be really futzy and reactionary. *looks around* Yaa, like this.
Pleasure is Web2.0; elegant, responsive ... and intelligent.
I doubt that "rivers" and "folders" are actually orthogonal, strictly speaking ... but dang near!
*It's paradigmatic, my dear Watson!*
"Dave, do try out Technorati Favorites It will import your OPML, and lets you restrict searches to your favorite blogs, as well as showing a river of news."(No comment function in that blog ... tsk-ktsk-ktsk!)
Niall Kenedey's ''Feeds as a Platform'' is one of a nice series.