As newspapers become less popular with younger readers, online journalism and blogging continues to gain popularity. Blogs, written with an informal voice and fresh perspective, often give us niche topics and unique stories that the traditional world of journalism cannot.
Avid blog readers subscribe to their favorite sites and view new entries using feed readers. These applications are used to assemble all subscriptions in one place for streamlined reading. Although the article itself is the focal point, there are also rich comment sections, where readers gather to talk about, dispute, and add to the blogger’s stories. Until now, feed readers haven’t been able to provide any of this within the application.
A new feed reader called Fav.or.it changes this, putting a unique spin on blog reading and making it possible for us to add comments to blog posts from within Fav.or.it and get suggestions on new blogs that we might like, based on our reading habits. Fav.or.it does have some limitations – especially for users who are used to more traditional reading applications. Still, the ability to participate in blog comments within a reader and find new blog postings is very exciting for blog fans – and a revolutionary way for new blog aficionados to begin participating in the blogosphere.
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