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February 27, 2003

NewsGator

I’ve never given much thought to RSS or news aggregators and the concept of syndicating or subscribing to a weblog. I know a lot of people swear by it, but to me, it’s just as easy to actually go to the website and read it there. That’s part of the reason I don’t have an RSS feed here – the other part is that Blogger Free doesn’t create them.

But now they’re trying to make it really tempting to get into RSS. Today I head about NewsGator. It’s an RSS aggregator that integrates with Outlook. Wait I minute…I use Outlook. Everyday. All day. Hmmm…

So I loaded it up. I had to take the plunge and download the .Net framework to go with it, but I think that was pretty much inevitable given how MS-centric my work is. And then I opened up Outlook, added a few feeds, and there it is. True to the advertising, the sites I read the most are now listed in Outlook, right beside my office e-mail and mailing lists.

I’ve only been using it about half an hour, so it’s hard to give any kind of in-depth impression. And I don’t know if it’s going to sell me permanently on news aggregators. And it’s not freeware, so after two weeks I’m going to have to decide if it’s worth any money to me. But it certainly looks like it’s taken the pain out of RSS aggregation. Opening up a completely different program just to read RSS feeds, when I already have my browser open and can get to any site within five seconds, seemed pointless. Now that it’s right there, I may get used to it. We’ll just have to see.

The Corporate Weblog Manifesto

From Robert Scoble: The Corporate Weblog Manifesto. Twenty tips to follow if your weblog represents more than just yourself. Actually, you should try to follow them no matter what. They’re good advice for everyone.