I’ve stopped using Bloglines. Itâ€™s a RSS feed aggregator in a web browser. Itâ€™s â€œfreeâ€ (as in money) and it works wonderfully. I really enjoyed using it. (Though the number of feeds I was trying to read got a bit unwieldy.)
What Iâ€™ve done instead is install my own web based RSS feed aggregator called Gregarius. Itâ€™s created in php and uses MySQL for the database. All this software is â€œfreeâ€ as in money AND free as in freedom. Freedom from corporations watching what I watch aka my Attention metadata.
Fortunately Iâ€™m capable of installing a PHP application and MySQL database. Iâ€™d guess that a majority of web users donâ€™t want to or have the time to do this. Thatâ€™s why they take the easy most cost effective choice of signing up for â€œfreeâ€ (as in money) web service. (or run it on their desktop)
Why did I do this? Because I am taking back the valuable metadata I create by looking and not looking at RSS feeds on the web. All this time we spend surfing adds up to lots of information that you can learn from. This knowledge can then be applied to a myriad of decisions. Those decisions can make things happen like making money and a whole bunch of other things. I believe this is the core business plan of most web services companies. (Tell me if Iâ€™m wrong Bloglines.)
The bottom line is free web apps arenâ€™t enough compensation for my valuable Attention. Iâ€™m not special; your Attention is just as valuable. We should all value it much higher. We should renegotiate our agreement with free (as in money) web based services.
This is only the beginning of my personal web interaction transformation. Stay tuned for more change.