Thursday, May 8, 2008

Another Gift from Google

I think it was about a year ago when I started doing the RSS feed aggregation thing, and my instant complaint about Google Reader was that you couldn't attach a little comment when you shared something. I had urges to share certain articles, but sometimes they looked long or boring or irrelevant or like opinions with which only total lunatics would agree, so I'd hesitate.

As of Monday, however, I'll be hesitating no more. And, starting pretty soon, if the people whose shared items I read start using the add note feature, I'll have a much easier time deciding which of their shared items to read.


So, if anyone wants to keep up with what I'm reading and recommending (and doesn't want to wait for me to write rambling manifestos on this blog or deal with my messy account and the fact that I use it more as a Gonna Barrel than a real social bookmarking tool), subscribe to my shared items.

I'll add notes to everything I share, so you'll be able to ignore the recommendations that seem ignorable. I'll rein in my propensity to race down all intersecting tangents and keep the notes to a sentence or three. And I'll try to be broad about what I share. No fun reading only about energy infrastructure and proactive consumption. I'm pretty sure dinosaurs will make their way in every once in a while, and I'll even (against my better judgment probably) throw in the occasional Joey Headset article to act as a sort of proverbial dose of the old smelling salts.

And if any of you use Reader and share at all, please send me links to your shared items so I can subscribe. An RSS feed aggregator by itself is a beautiful thing. It becomes a much more beautiful thing when real live people feed you recommendations AND add notes to help you filter them quickly.


alex9852 said...

Google is great! Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and I especially like’s carbon calculator. I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

Jake de Grazia said...

Hmmm. I'm struggling to make my comment reply to Alex work. All looks good in preview, but no love when I post it. If there are lots of deleted comments by the time I'm done with this, sorry. Just trying to clean out the funky links.

Jake de Grazia said...

Hey Alex.

The stuff you're already reading is great. Here's are a few more of my favorites:

The Breakthrough Blog
No Impact Man
CNET Greentech Blog
Make Me Sustainable Blog

It's exciting that there's so much good stuff out there.

Tell me what you think about Make Me Sustainable's carbon calculation tool in comparison with Earth Lab's. I know the MMS guys, so I like to gather a little user feedback for them when I can.

Thanks for the comment.

Take care.