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July 30, 2005

Sorry, Yahoo, I Give Up...

Rob Hof

I wish I could stick with my trusty MyYahoo to look at all the RSS feeds I want to see, but it's not to be. I've bumped up against the 100-module ceiling for the last time, and there's nothing else to delete to make room for Marc, Danah, Nick, and a bunch of other interesting people whom I somehow missed subscribing to before I ran out of room. So while MyYahoo will remain my home page, I'm afraid that for feeds, I'm back to Bloglines (with some excursions to Rojo and a couple other places that look promising). Unless, of course, Jerry Yang can persuade the powers that be to raise the roof....

01:39 AM

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This blog's byline is "Innovations, trends, and dustups in the world of tech". So how does this article, which seems a personal gripe than anything, fits in? What do readers get that they already don't know or how doees this make them look at a problem from a different perspective. This blog sure needs "slop control".

Posted by: un papier at July 31, 2005 09:51 AM

Hi, Rob. You can actually have more than 100... you just need to add additional pages. Each My Yahoo! page can contain 100 modules, and you can have 6 unique My Yahoo! pages (thus the ceiling actually hits 600).

If you add another page (accessible as an option from the top right corner of your page, beneath the dateline), you can begin adding feeds to those specific pages instead. Hope that helps.

Posted by: Micah Laaker at July 31, 2005 07:01 PM

Micah, thanks, I may try that, though if I'm going to have to go to another page, I'll probably end up just going with a more capable service. What I like about MyYahoo is having so much on one page, so all I have to do is scroll.

Posted by: Rob Hof at July 31, 2005 09:25 PM

The personalization of RSS feeds and web content has such a long way to go, I wouldn't throw in the towel on any of them. There is a major battle looming for the "start" page, and it's as early as possible right now. Personally, I access 3 of these right now just to keep tabs on developments (you at least gave Google a try, right? and what about Microsoft's Start). I think someone should start a blog on the Battle for Start to help us keep track. We will have a good laugh at the limitations and primitive functionality of these sites five years from now.

Posted by: Dorrian at August 1, 2005 12:02 AM

Rob,

Russell might have verbalized your frustrations a little better. . . I know he did mine!

http://www.russellbeattie.com/notebook/1008554.html

how about trying bloglines or feedlounge?

Posted by: will at August 1, 2005 12:32 AM

Dorrian and Will, you're right, I think it's too early to give up on any particular service. I suppose I am a bit lazy here, not wanting to click out onto another page. Then again, the point of feeds is not to have to go out and specifically visit every Web site and blog all the time to stay current. In any case, I'll be eagerly watching for the improvements sure to come (and still hoping Yahoo will give us another hundred or two modules).

Posted by: Rob Hof at August 1, 2005 09:53 AM

If you use Firefox you can install an RSS feed aggregator like Sage. Check out http://sage.mozdev.org/

Posted by: Scott at August 1, 2005 01:02 PM

Thanks, Scott, I've heard some good things about Sage. My only problem with it is that I access my feeds from more than one computer, so I'm not sure a client-based app is what I want. But I'll check it out.

Posted by: Rob Hof at August 1, 2005 01:18 PM

100 blogs? I can think of 2 that aren't worthless, juvenile, or pointlessly political. Who has time to read all that drivel?

Posted by: Sean at May 18, 2006 08:43 PM


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