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September 27, 2005

A channel changer for the Bloglines river of news

Blog readers offer two basic navigational styles. There's the two- or three-pane format that's also commonly used in mail clients, and then there's what Dave Winer has called the river of news format, where everything appears in one scrollable view. I favor the latter for the reasons Dave cites:
To me, this more approximates the way I read a print newspaper, actually it's the way I wish I could read a print newspaper -- instead of having to go to the stories, they come to me. This makes it easier for me to use my brain's powerful scanning mechanism.
So I use Bloglines in "river of news" mode, which is invoked by the doLoadAll function that's attached to the n Updated Feeds link. You can make this the default using a simple Greasemonkey script from Mark Pilgrim, by the way. But note that if you do, an instance of Bloglines left running in one browser will consume all unread items, and leave none for another instance running elsewhere. ...

Posted by dymaxion at September 27, 2005 01:11 AM


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