Monday, July 31, 2006

Another Internet Tool

Everyone who surfs the Internet on a regular basis has to find his/her way to manage that experience. If you have favorite websites, you can bookmark them, or you can use a service like Bloglines.

You can find Bloglines at www.bloglines.com. It's simple and it's free. Once you open an account, you list all the blogs or websites that you regularly read. Then, each morning, when you sit down to your computer, you click on Bloglines and there they all are. You can pick and choose among them, or go right down the line, taking a quick look at each.

I have about thirty websites indexed in my account. It has made my life much easier. I have a mix of newspapers (like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the Miami Herald); magazines (like Time, Slate, and Salon); news sites (like the BBC and Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), websites and blogs.

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal last week that said that Bloglines lists 1.2 million blogs. The top 10% of feeds grab 88% of all subscriptions.

The site itself says it lists 1.9 million articles.

I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

Karen said...

I love bloglines.

Except when I go out of town for a week, and don't have time for the gone week or the week after returning to actually read my feeds. For a few days I pick away at the 2340 items bloglines tells me are in my TBR list, hoping that maybe I can get caught up.
I find a few blog gems, such as posts about Bloglines from fellow writers. Eventually I'll throw my hands up in defeat, click "read all", skim the 2215 items that are left and start with a freshly empby list wondering what gems of information have just floated away into the cyber.

But I do love bloglines.