So, I noticed tonight that Google Reader was displaying a more accurate number of unread items for each feed and folder. To be exact, it was a factor of ten more accurate, showing 1000+ and true counts for everything less than 1000.
Then, while writing this entry, it went back to the old style, 100+ and accurate counts below 100. Now, I’m wishing I had a screenshot, but rather than assume I’m losing my mind, I remember previous accounts of this happening with GMail features, as Google tested them out and rolled them back on unsuspecting users, giggling all the while.
Now, it’s back and I did get a screenshot. I am not crazy.
The beauty part is that this post was to be about how I expected to read about this new feature in dozens of blogs tomorrow. Now, I’m positive it will be all over Techmeme as the denizens of the blogosphere compare notes and try to one-up each other while simultaneously slapping each other on the back.
So, the question I have is: Am I the only one getting tired of reading the same news item in 5-10 different feeds?
Technical blogging has become more about aggregating news and scooping than adding any semblance of analysis or opinion, which is weird because it feels more like mainstream journalism than blogging. Isn’t good old blogging about opinion first, facts later?
Which leads to my second question, why do I need an aggregator-blog when I have so many ways to share news/links socially? At least four ways come immediately to mind:
- Use the Share feature of Google Reader. This gives you a nice page where anyone can see your links. It looks a little circa 1997, but it’s functional. Of course, you can also broadcast these to Facebook too using the Google Reader Shared Items Facebook application, sponsored by Robert Scoble.
- Post it to Facebook, made easy by the Share on Facebook bookmarklet. This isn’t a public method, so you can spam your friends, I mean target your audience.
- Use del.icio.us, remember that little nugget? This tried and true method seems to be losing favor, although I’m not sure why.
- Read Techmeme or Digg. That is all.
So, riddle me this, why should I read blogs anymore?
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