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Thursday, August 16, 2007


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Here's my link blog: http://feeds.feedburner.com/JamesShared/

Made using FeedDemon.

Thanks, James - I just subscribed.

For what it's worth, I've got a popular links feed generator script in my Hacking RSS and Atom book from Wiley. Just so that this comment's not a total self-advertisement, the source code is here:


I've been watching a feed generated by this script via cronjob for close to 3 years now, drawing from a subscription list of about 1000 feeds I've collected for longer than that. It's become the first feed I check in the day, and I can't ever see giving it up.

That you've got it as a feature in FeedDemon freaking rocks for anyone who doesn't feel like setting up a python script and a cronjob. :)

Nick I have FeedDemon open 24/7 and teh only reason I dont use the popular topics option is that I want my feed to be on my own server. I dont want the feed being hosted on feeddemmon.com if you built in a way where I could tell it where to update it via ftp I would be more inclined to use it.

I use google reader as a last resort but would much rather have my feeds under my own control.

Todd, the "popular topics" feature doesn't require that you sync your feeds with NewsGator. It works regardless of whether your feeds are synched.

"And now that I'm subscribed to several link blogs, I can see what others are paying attention to. When an article appears in more than one of link blogs that I'm subscribed to, it shows up in FeedDemon's popular topics. This consistently brings me new articles that I never would've found by myself."

I think I'm missing something here. I thought that the Popular Topics was comprised of items from feeds you had subscribed to. If that's true how is it that you never would have found that item? I can understand that claim if it was an item from a feed you don't subscribe to. But if you are subscribed, wouldn't a search turn it up?

Peter, you're correct that I'm subscribed to these link blogs - but I don't look at everything in them when I'm busy. Scoble, for example, adds dozens of items to his link blog every week, and it's rare that I have time to even scan their headlines. Instead, I mark them all read, and then rely on "Popular Topics" to show me the most commonly-linked articles.

What I'm finding is that many of these commonly-linked articles are ones that appear in several of the link blogs I'm subscribed to, and these articles aren't ones that appear in any of the other feeds I'm subscribed to. So the combination of "popular topics" and subscribing to link blogs is bringing me new stuff that I find interesting.

Here's mine btw, just started it. Didn't know about this fantastic feature until now :)


Jacob, thanks for sharing the link - I'm a subscriber now.

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