Newsgator: revolutionary tool

Todd Epp at SD Watch warned all of us in the South Dakota Blogosphere a few months ago that if we didn’t have an RSS feed, we were no longer on his radar. In fact, I quote from Epp himself –

Fellow babies, let me level with you. If you run a blog or a website and you don’t have an RSS feed that I can copy into my Newsgator reader, you do not exist.

It’s nothing personal, but you just don’t exist to me any more if you are in cyberspace and don’t use an RSS feed.

I’ve started using Newsgator, an online blog/website aggregator, myself. It takes all of the sites and blogs that I read daily and brings them all to one place: my account at Newsgator. So now, just like Todd Epp, if your website don’t have an RSS feed, I no longer read it.

I’m not doing it on purpose. I’m not doing it to slight you. In fact, there is not one sites that I currently read that doesn’t have some sort of feed. But really, I can’t pass up the opportunity to have someone (or in this case, something) pull all of the great stuff I read every day and put it together in one simple place. I don’t have to continuously give your website hits when you haven’t bothered to write anything in the past week.

I can move seamlessly from reading a Bill Simmons article to watching an especially funny Republican botch up clip from Crooks and Liars to informing myself on what happened on this day according to the BBC. I’ve got sports, I’ve got friends, I’ve got people I don’t even know – all of them are on my list.

So, Newsgator is my friend.

It should be yours, as well.

This was lovingly handwritten on October 15th, 2005