R es es'd
A realisation struck me last evening and on thinking it through it dawned on me that slowly but subtly and surely my Internet usage habit is / has undergone a drastic change and in great measure this is due to the proliferation of RSS/XML syndication feeds
Today, my entire window the web is Bloglines, a neat and nifty web-based RSS feedreader which I have been using for an year now. I guess I have I have about 200 odd feeds configured in it (of which not all are read on a daily basis - I have a Favorites folder of about 25 feeds that I catch up with daily, the rest when possible). In almost all cases I have stopped visiting the various web sites like News.com or Economictimes.com etc. Since these sites provide RSS Feeds, I just add these to my Bloglines list and then most of my interaction with the content is through Bloglines. Add to this a list of good blogs that I catch up regularly with (Emergic.org, Jeremy Zawodny's blog, Om Malik on Broadband, Paidcontent.org) ... I have little or no reason on most days to surf any other site other than through Bloglines !
The entire ritual of exploring new sites is almost fully through del.icio.us wherein I have subscribed to the RSS feeds of the tags of my interest (Broadband, Firefox etc) and through the del.icio.us Popular links feed
By all means, today, I can manage most of my browser related activity without the Address bar !!! (worst case I have the integrated Google search box in Firefox) - thanks to Bloglines and del.icio.us
With the recent acquisition of Bloglines by Ask Jeeves I only hope that they dont screw things up at Bloglines and make me start my search for the perfect RSS reader again ...