Some other folks are thinking about how they want to customize their RSS feeds, and it looks like the ultimate answer will lie somewhere in the search to feed arena.
First, i want to be able to choose to watch an entry, a topic or a person. I don’t want to be forced into a person only; this unit of view is way too big.
Following a person should be like now – i see everything in their feed. Following a topic means that i can specify things like “all entries by this person related to ‘echo chamber’.” As such, i can follow whatever this person has to say on something. This is particularly relevant for following bloggers who have a topic of interest to me, but whose entries are by in large, not of interest.
I agree for the most part. I find that there are certain people who I aggregate (sounds Orwellian, doesn’t it?) who don’t pique my interest most of the time, but every now and then they offer up a post that makes them worth keeping on my list. If we got to the point where everyone was using departments effectively (something I could be better at as well) it would be easier to pick the types of posts I want to read. I know some people are doing this. But I don’t think I have one topical feed in my aggregator right now.