Who Reads Blogs Anymore?

Posted by: Rob Hof on May 15, 2006

Obviously a lot of people. But not A-list blogger Mike Arrington of TechCrunch, apparently. At the TiEcon conference in Silicon Valley last week, he threw out this aside:

“I don’t read blogs anymore because I don’t have time.”

Yikes. Now, given that it became apparent that he does still keep tabs on blogs via conversation-tracking sites such as TechMeme.com—he certainly notices when I post something about his blog—maybe that’s not such a shocker. Still, it makes you wonder about the fate of the long tail of blogs, which may or may not show up on the aggregator sites. All the more, we need much better feed readers than we’re getting so far.

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Reader Comments

Pito Salas

May 15, 2006 10:24 PM

Rob, I couldn't help but pick up your quest for Better Feed Readers. Reviewing the post you linked to, I am not sure what you're big 'needs' and 'wants' are but I'd be extremely interested to hear.

Despite the fact that I am a developer of a 'power' feed reader myself (BlogBridge) I have to say that I too feel like feed readers are in their first generation and will change fundamentally before they become mainstream. I don't have the answer either and it's something I spend a lot of my time thinking about.

Vlad

May 15, 2006 10:27 PM

Why the need to keep up with all the blogs out there? Worthy news, opinions and ideas have a way of permeating across the web quickly, while keeping up with the myriad of amateur blogs is akin to starting conversations by calling random numbers in the phone book.

Adam

May 16, 2006 09:33 AM

Who needs a better feed reader???

I've been using My Yahoo for over a year and enjoy its simplicity just fine.

Rob Hof

May 16, 2006 09:37 AM

Adam, I also liked MyYahoo, basic as it is, until I got over 125 or so feeds. Now, as I mentioned in a previous post, my MyYahoo page slows way down and often won't list all the feeds.

ko

May 16, 2006 07:04 PM

I prefer Netvibes. I used to use Google Reader
but i hate the way it forces me to go through
EVERY item. Netvibes allow me to scan through all the blog items and read only what i want. But
I miss Google reader's keyboard shortcuts.

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