Reading feeds has really become routine for most tech savvy people in 2007. Conversations between bloggers usually revolve around the number of feeds they read, which blogs they subscribe to, and which feed reader they use. There is hardly any talk about actually visiting blogs. I don’t think that is a very positive trend because I have some difficulties recognising blogs by their design; usually I just see them in my feed reader. But that’s a story for another blog post. Maybe. Someday.
Anyway, the collection of subscribed feeds constitutes people’s daily reading list. Those reading lists can be exported (at least all feed readers I know allow this) as an OPML file which can be imported by other feed readers. So if it can be exported as a file it can be shared and made public as well. Feedbuddy is a recently launched small German application which supports this.
People can upload their OPML file there. After uploading the file Feedbuddy displays members who subscribe to similar feeds like yourself. Clicking on the number of matches those matches are displayed (e.g. Frank is subscribing to 44 feeds I am subscribing to as well); I can also see all the other feeds Frank is subscribing to. That might help discovering new blogs which suit your preferences. That’s pretty cool actually because blog search engines like Technorati and Google Blog Search don’t have a similar feature. It is also possible to contact other members through Xing, Skype, LinkedIn or their website.
Feedbuddy is a nice little application which is fun. It’s not re-inventing the wheel, though. There are some other apps which let users share their OPML files (e.g. Grazr and Bloglines) or let them import them as a reading list for other users to see (e.g. Ziki). Also Feedbuddy hopefully lifts the limit of uploading just 60 feeds per OPML file. I had to add the rest of my reading list manually. That’s been some hard work and no fun at all last night.