Making stuff as a founder of Avocado. Former music-maker. Tuna melt advocate. Started Google Reader. (But smarter people made it great.)

Less pressure, perhaps?

Just wondering out loud... would either of the following two options work for the set of people who are put off by aggregation tools because the "read/unread" status feels like unwanted pressure? Something like:
  1. Read statuses off by default? With an ability to toggle them globally?
  2. Highlighting today's items (say, as bold) and then keep the rest as normal font-styling?
Dunno. It'd be fun to have to test it.
posted at October 24, 2004, 11:16 PM


  • At 10:55 AM, David said…

    Bloglines lets you do a lot of what you suggested and it is web-based so you can get at it from home and work. It's not perfect, but it is the best I've seen so far.

  • At 12:05 PM, rick said…

    I think both are a good idea. Maybe an onhover background color for headlines that haven't been read...there's no pressure, yet it gives you instant feedback of a headline's status.

  • At 12:32 PM, Mike Sugarbaker said…

    The latter sounds a lot more effective to me. Also (some aggregator probably already does this) email-style filtering would be pretty hot. Even hotter: Bayesian filtering, not for spam but for subjects of special interest.


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