My name is Mike, and I'm an RSS addict

Recently, I have discovered RSS (or feeds in general anyway). Don't get me wrong, intellectually I was always aware of RSS, but now I actually subscribe to many feeds.

It started by downloading RSS Bandit. I cleared out the default feeds and added a few that I regularly read anyway. But then, it wasn't enough.

In a few short hours, I had read everything that there was in the feeds I had subscribed to. I had to find more. I found the the site share.opml.org which was good. I found Scott Hanselmans Blog Roll for 2006 which was better.

But then I started to realise something. Having RSS Bandit open while I was at work was seriously destroying my productivity. Just like having MSN Messenger open all of the time, but it is far more insidious.

Why? Because when a new feed item arrives you read it. If it looks interesting you might read the comments. If it's got links in it you open them. At this point you are so far off what you were doing a few minutes ago that you might as well forget about it and scrub the hour.

I have now switched off RSS Bandit and I open it at lunchtime and when I go home. But it is making me sweat nervously and look around wide-eyed and twitching uncontrollably. I seem to remember all of this from when I gave up smoking, and I'm not looking forward to when I give up caffeine (any day now I promise).

Posted by: Mike Minutillo
Last revised: 27 May, 2011 02:42 PM History

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10 Apr, 2007 04:09 PM @ version 0

Thanks for the tip Brian. I have downloaded and installed feedghost and I'm giving it a go. I do like some aspects of it (especially the cool UI) but I'm not sure that I'm hooked as well as you seem to be.

I'll give it a week or two and see how I go but I still find that RSS Bandit does exactly what I want it to.

Actually I am surprised at the lack of RSS reading software alternatives out there. They are all nearly clones of each other, there doesn't seem to be a lot of innovation.

Where is the "Killer App"? Or do I need to pay for that :)

04 Apr, 2007 01:43 AM @ version 0

Hey Mike,

you should seriously consider having a look at FeedGhost (www.feedghost.com)...David Lemphers put me onto it last night and i'm seriously hooked to this extremely "sexy" RSS reader.

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