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No such limitation for bloggers. People blog about what they want to, and that's often things that don't even hit the radar screen of Big Media. Lesson learned: if Google News doesn't give you want you want next time, try Feedster.

October 24, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink

Xeni Jardin, Wired

"So many blogs, so little time. If you want to stay at the top of the information food chain, you gotta read 'em - lots of 'em. And you have to do it every day. But as that list of must-read blogs grows, hunting and gathering the latest posts becomes a daily drain. You could hire an assistant to read them for you. Or tap into RSS... Feedster trawls RSS feeds, allowing you to convert results into custom-crafted news. You can track instances of your name on other blogs for automated ego-surfing (not that I've tried this). You can even share your favorite feeds, sort of like swapping music playlists."

April 24, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink

Dan Gillmor, SiliconValley.com

"Tara has an enormous list of links to folks who wrote about one or more of the BloggerCon sessions. One way she got it was using Feedster, an RSS search engine that I find quite useful."

April 18, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink

Stuart Henshall, Unbound Spiral

"Now I have almost 20 feedster searches, and a similar number of Google searches. Some are as vain as my own name --- who's blogging me??? and then then the names of my favorite bloggers. A favorite name ususally picks up their posts and others that are blogging them. This is more valuable than the bloggers RSS feed alone. It's fodder for conversation, and increases my understanding of links without having to spend time studying Technorati or BlogStreet etc."

April 8, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink

Paul Murphy, Micrsoft

"I feel the need to add a blog entry because I learned two awesome things tonight. First, a fellow Hokie friend of mine pointed me to feedster.com. Sure, I'd heard of feedster and I think I've used it a few times, but didn't realize the full power of it until tonight. There are two main reasons why feedster kicks butt:
1. It is quickly updated. This is useful if you want to see the response of a large group after you deliver a presentation. I've learned some very interesting things about my style by reading other's blogs.
2. You can subscribe to a search feed! How cool is that, I'm sure that feature has been there for years but I just never noticed it (or never thought it was cool enough to notice) -- but it totally is. I can now subscribe to a few search terms that I want to keep up to date on from other's blogs (such as mono, my name, etc.)"

April 8, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink

The New York Times

Many blog publishers, and some traditional news sites, have embraced the digesting trend by offering feeds of their content in standardized formats. A site called Feedster (www.feedster.com) monitors half a million such feeds and makes them searchable, adding new blog entries to its results less than an hour after they are published."

April 1, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink

Chad Dickerson, Infoworld, CTO

"Normally, when I have a tech issue to deal with, I reflexively head straight to Google. Today, though, I ran into a problem that was custom-made for Feedster -- without frequently-indexed weblogs and RSS feeds, I would have been spinning my wheels unnecessarily. I use Dreamhost, a relatively inexpensive and usually reliable service provider to host a personal domain. Today I was unable to reach my personal web site or get my personal e-mail on that domain due to an outage. Since the provider's home page was unreachable and I couldn't get any announcements via e-mail, I had no idea what was happening or whether other customers were having the same problem. Thanks to Feedster, though, I was able to run a search that quickly revealed that others were having the same problem. The problem was still frustrating, but at least I knew it wasn't just me, and somehow reading the griping from other bloggers made the experience a little easier to deal with -- it was the blogosphere equivalent of an electrical blackout when all the neighbors emerge from their homes to speculate about when the power might come back on...."

March 29, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink

Adam Kinney, XAML developer

"You probably have already heard about Feedster, but in just in case you haven't here's a little story for you. The best tool I use for following topics discussed in blogs is Feedster, the Google for blogs. When Microsoft XNA was announced, I thought I'd like to "listen" to the ensuing discussion and watch for links to information on XNA. I searched for XNA on Feedster and then subscribed to the search. Now I get a custom aggregated RSS feed of blogs, forums and news sites discussing my topic of choice. That's pretty powerful stuff, and one of the best uses of RSS aggregation to date.

Now you may be familiar with other sites that are similiar like PubSub. Why Feedster over others? There are no subscriptions, no email collecting, nothing strongly organized; just an open, easy search. Another reason I like Feedster, they run a blog and they sign their names to each entry. It appears that most of them have ther own blogs up and running too. And I can look them up in Orkut and see their little faces on my computer screen. What value does that add? Accountability, transperancy and they're in the blogging community. Go Feedster!"

March 28, 2004 in Reviews and Opinions | Permalink


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