I’ve been toying with the idea of an overhaul of my linkblog feed for a while, and now I’ve done it. My linkblog contains items that I find interesting or useful in my reading, but not interesting enough for a whole post.
The new feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/JoshBancroftLinkblog
Please update your aggregator accordingly, and if you’re not already subscribed, give it a shot. Why the change? If you don’t really care, you can stop reading here. Some really geeky stuff follows.
I’ve been using del.icio.us for my linkblog, because with tons of available tools (like bookmarklets and Firefox extensions), it makes it super easy to add something whenever I come across it. But as I’ve fallen more and more in love with Google Reader (which manages all 600+ of my feed subscriptions), I’ve been jealous of the “share” feature. One click or keypress (shift+S) and whatever I’m reading gets added to my shared items. Scoble has been using this to great effect – his linkblog is both popular and interesting. The downside of using Google Reader for my linkblog is there’s no way to add something if it’s not in one of the feeds I’m reading (where del.icio.us can add stuff from anywhere).
The geek solution? Use a couple of feed mashing services to combine everything into one feed, to get the best of both worlds. I’m using FeedShake to combine the feeds from del.icio.us and Google Reader, as well as my photos from Flickr, and my status updates from Twitter. Then, since the FeedShake URL is ugly, and I might want to switch services in the future, I piped it through my good friends at FeedBurner, to get the new pretty URL.
So if you subscribe to the TinyScreenfuls feed, you’ll get my blog postings, and only my blog postings (I’ve turned off the nightly feed splice from del.icio.us which injected the things I had tagged in del.icio.us that day). If you’re a geek like me, think like me, or want to tap into what I find interesting and/or useful, you’ll want to subscribe to my linkblog feed, too.
I really love the way Web 2.0 separates form from content (as explained in the video I posted yesterday), and lets you mash and mix your flow of information in whatever way you see fit. It’s stuff like this that makes me feel like I’m living in the future!