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Frankly don't see the benefit
Authored by: jecwobble on Feb 03, '06 10:57:30AM

Browsing the actual website in the first place is most natural and effective to me. Why bother looking at another app/page for interesting things only to have to click and be directed to another app/page to read the details. Most sites provide easy to use summaries with links to details- MacUpdate, for instance.



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Frankly don't see the benefit
Authored by: stevec on Feb 03, '06 12:39:18PM

Agreed, the only places I have an rss feed to is places that I don't often go to UNLESS there is an update (Job sites, the BSG Blog, Wired, etc.) and it is all in Safari. Having yet another dedicated program to manage RSS feeds seems clumsy and unnecessary. I have Safari and Mail open at all times and as an RSS "reader" will open the full page in my web browser I don't see the point in having things like NetNewsWire and the like. But then my RSS needs are pretty simple, or if you prefer/disagree: simpleminded.



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Frankly don't see the benefit
Authored by: robg on Feb 03, '06 12:42:48PM

I shared your opinions for quite a while. Then the number of sites I wanted to keep up with outstripped my ability to visit those sites regularly.

All the good news readers now open the sites directly in the reader (many use WebKit to do so), so there's no jumping out to Safari unless you want to. The beauty of the RSS reader is that you can just glance at headlines quickly, instead of having to look through a full page or two of stuff that you have no interest in seeing :).

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Frankly don't see the benefit
Authored by: galaher on Feb 03, '06 01:38:17PM

Ironically I find that this 'time saver' (rss) has had the effect of making me more distracted. My answer is to look for sites that update less often with a higher (for me) interest ratio. I'm looking for a low noise ratio. The end result is that I love rss but I keep trying to reduce the number of feeds or replace feeds with sites that do the distilling for me.



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Frankly don't see the benefit
Authored by: sjmills on Feb 03, '06 06:57:42PM

After trying RSS for the first time when Safari offered it, I used it for a while. But then I realized that I always go read the complete articles any way, so it didn't save any time in loading the site, because I had to wait for the RSS, then wait again for the site, so I was using more bandwidth. Plus, I like lookin' at the pictures on the sites I frequent (Jalopnik, Gizmodo, etc).



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Frankly don't see the benefit
Authored by: xSmurf on Feb 04, '06 09:19:55AM

I couldn't agree less. As soon as you visit a few dozen sites a day you'll realize that you're not reading every single article posted on that site. Browsing by headlines for articles that interest you is really the way to go if you don't wanna spend the day reading daily news.

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Safari's RSS stinks
Authored by: jocknerd on Feb 05, '06 02:59:19PM

If thats all you used, then I understand why you don't use RSS. Try Firefox.
It allows you to link to the RSS feeds and browse the headlines in your links without having to open a page to view them.

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Safari's RSS stinks
Authored by: digs0 on Feb 07, '06 08:19:06AM

I agree -- Firefox's implementation of RSS is much more useful than Safari's. I use it on my Wintel machine at work. Since I prefer Safari at home, I basically never use RSS. I'm not really sure how going to a web page of less informative links for a site like this is more useful than the default mode, which contains more information before the jump. RSS would have meant a lot more 10 years ago with slower connections, but with broadband, it's irrelevant to me.

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