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In which I discover RSS

I've heard of this for years, and sort of known what it did, but never investigated. I still haven't investigated independent RSS readers or whatever, just what the various social networking sites support.

While you can't subscribe to an LJ account directly on Dreamwidth, you can subscribe to the RSS for it, though doing so requires automatically making an account for it. http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqcat=feeds LJ itself seems similar http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=137&view=full

So seems like with a bit of work I could read all my LJ accounts on my DW Reading page, or vice versa, though I'd have to click through to comment on the other site. But also various blogs (Gaiman, Stross) and irregular comics could be followed as well.

Meantime, support under Facebook or Google+ seems dubious at best, with some G+ link saying promptly that it requires Chrome to work. The phrase "walled garden" comes immediately to mind, as well as "so who plays well with others?"

It's a whole new world! No doubt familiar to most of you for the past decade! "Hey guys, did you know the sky is blue?" And I can obnoxiously go from "what's RSS?" to "don't have an LJ account but want to follow me? Just subscribe to the RSS feed, no need for me to be posting to FB."

Separately, while I grumble about mlc's retreat to a blogger, it does remember my Google account (sigh) login, so all I have to do is click through the links she provides on LJ. Unlike G&S, where it's a tiny private mac.com blog and I have to log in each time to read the occasional updates.

See the comment count unavailable DW comments at http://mindstalk.dreamwidth.org/295357.html#comments



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Sep. 27th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
I use google reader for rss, which probably means I've mortgaged my soul, but it is easy to set up and add links to and it keeps them all sorted by date, latest on top (except when it wants to do fancy antics on me, in which case I just click the "show all" button and we're back to sanity).

Yes, it's a fabulous discovery. A little dangerous, though: I find that I hardly ever just go looking around on the web any more.
Sep. 27th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I realized a bit later that G+ probably doesn't need RSS support into it because Google already has Reader. (RSS feeds for what you post in G+ are another matter.) Didn't know it got fancy; did see indication that it does "sharing". LJ/DW just put most recent stuff on top, period.
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