Earthlink, which is probably most well known for affordable internet and phone services, has just joined in on two of the latest internet trends. RSS readers like Bloglines and Newsgator, and Social Bookmarking sites like del.icio.us and Yahoo MyWeb have become quite popular and a good way to stay organized with the news and web content that interest you the most! Earthlink has unveiled their versions of both a RSS reader and a Social Bookmarking Site.
Their goal with their RSS reader, myReader is to
‘expose the idea of reading feeds instead of web sites to many more people than know about it today, and do it in a way that doesn’t give anybody nightmares.’
They also note the fact that one size may not fit all in terms of an RSS reader. Different readers are going to have different features and a different user interface. One of their features is that it shows you only the new articles since your last visit versus showing you all of the unread articles. Another feature is that you’re able to easily add items directly from your reader to your social bookmarks.
Earthlinks’ Social Bookmarking, myFavorites is similar to del.icio.us and Yahoo MyWeb in that you are able to tag and share your favorites. The whole concept of Social Bookmarking is ingenious. The web is full of a lot of great sites, but keeping track of them can be difficult. Despite the fact that there are great social bookmarking sites available, Earthlink saw this
as a tool that could be helpful to a much wider set of users than even necessarily knows it exists right now.
Good idea Earthlink!
According to their blog, Earthling, these new additions to Earthlink are still a work in progress. They’re still working out some of the kinks. I think it’s a great addition and a way for the not so tech savvy to get involved in Web 2.0.