When I find something I like on the internet, I kinda go bonkers for it. It can be a slow process where I hear of it through a friend and check it out. I will dip my toe in the water and then BAM! I dive right in. This has happened to me with Friendster (back in the day), Flickr, Pandora, Gmail, among others. I’m still waiting to go nuts for Vox, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’m a little busy with Typepad and Livejournal!
So, Bloglines. Described on their site as a FREE online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content, it’s definitely one of the easier ways to manage information. I’ve been into it for a few months now and have gotten a bunch of other people hooked on it. When I first set up my account, I wanted to organize some of my friends’ blogs as well as bookmark my favorite reads like SVN, design*sponge, apartment therapy, etc. But one thing led to another and I now have a blog for every need, and the list is growing. Celebrity trash, the environment, branding news, cupcakes, etc. The possibilities are infinite. Each blog inevitably leads you to another blog where there’s even more cool stuff. Now that I am regularly keeping up with my friends’ blogs, I’ve also been encouraged to post on my own blog! Fancy that!
For an information addict such as myself, this is an amazing thing. It’s also got me thinking about how this will change the way that people interact with the web in the future. Does design really matter? Isn’t it really about getting the information out there as quickly and easily (and pleasantly) as possible? Maybe that actually is good design. All I know is that I am totally hooked, and everybody should get aboard the Bloglines train. Choo choo!