I’ve been doing a little more experimentation with bringing search feeds into my Bloglines account, and frankly I’m getting a bit frustrated. I have Feedster feeds for the following: “classroom weblogs,” “education weblogs,” “journalism weblogs” and “internet literacy.” Lately, these feeds have been returning tons of hits…problem is, most of them are repeated over and over, and, worse, they keep showing up day after day. I’ll get 30-40 links a day in each one of them, but maybe only one or two will be new. I finally just started looking at the date (duh) rather than scroll each one. And only a handful are really relevant to what I’m looking for (witness the very few that I clip to my Bloglines blog, which, by the way, has become my topics queue.)
Frankly, Google Alerts feeds don’t work a whole heck of a lot better it seems. In fact I haven’t had a hit for “teacher Weblogs” in a couple of weeks (and event then it was one I already knew about.)
And PubSub has been pretty much a bust though they seem to have changed their feed setup somewhat and I might have to tweak what I’ve been asking them for.
Right now, Blogdigger wins the award for most relevant stuff, and it seems to take out all the repeated entries. I’m going to expand my searches with it and see what happens.
Anyone else out there playing around with these and have any thoughts or results to share?
Scott Rafer says
We’re aware of this bug and think we just put a fix up this afternoon. It should move through our systems over the course of the evening and be ok by tomorrow morning. Please let us know what you think either way.
Greg G. says
Thanks Will! We’re working hard, and it’s great to know people are getting good use out of Blogdigger!
Josie Fraser says
At the risk of sounding like a stalker, google alert is really only good for tracking individuals, it’s pretty poor on topic areas or subjects.