Patrick and I were talking yesterday about the “types” of people who want to read news and blogs on the internet. Nearly everyone uses the web to go out and read articles, so even if they don’t know it they are gathering feed-based information. This most basic method of information hunting-and-gathering is just fine, but there might be another way that fits your personal work patterns better.
Here is the breakdown as I see it. People will tend to do one or more of the following:
- go out to multiple websites each day and read articles, columns, journals, and news on their own “home pages”
- use a web-based service (Bloglines, Google Reader) to collect, or aggregate, the information on a single web page
- use a program (like Thunderbird) to collect articles from favorite news sources and treat them like e-mail
I personally like getting my news alongside my e-mail using Mozilla Thunderbird. I check my e-mail quite frequently and tend to fall behind on reading my favorite websites. By getting a message every time a new article is posted, I can keep up with things better. This is solely a factor of the way I like to work, not a choice based on efficiency or “correctness.”
We at IT expect other people feel the same way, so I’ve prepared a quick guide for any Thunderbird user who might want to try out gathering feeds in this way. Let me know if it helps!