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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Feed Overload Syndrome: Internet Wide Pandemic

Bill Burnham writes it looks like there has been a major outbreak of RSS inspired "Feed Overload Syndrome" and it's spreading faster than the Avian flu. He pr0vides some means to combat the syndrome, becoming a real issue with the blogosphere population:
1. Direct Multiple Feeds to the Same Folder.
2. Subscribe to meta-feeds. Metafeeds are RSS feeds that are composed of posts from a number of individual RSS feeds like technology updates & subscription options exist for keyword based meta-feeds from sites such as PubSub and Technorati. (I think this may be the best solution)
3. Increase your publisher to distributor ratio. A very coarse way to segregate feeds are as publishers or distributors. Publishers tend to publish relatively few posts that are longer than average and filled with original content. Distributors (also called linkers) tend to generate many posts a day and typically republish short excepts of other people's post with a short commentary of their own. (This can in a way inhibit your ability to assess multiple perspectives on the same issue/theme – some blogs like this could be providing a combination of both.The freshness and variety may be a casualty here and the power of the blogosphere -Viz true democracy may appear to be dented this way.)

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