If you don’t know about Share your OPML! yet, go and check it.
The purpose of this site is to gather a community of subscription lists, in OPML format, and aggregate them in interesting ways.
I always find personal views more interesting than aggregations, so my favourites are:
- Other People’s Feeds – select a name to view subscriptions by someone, login is required (for example my subscriptions)
- Who Subscribes? – find out who subscribes to a RSS feed (for example, who reads my weblog via RSS)
Although the last one shows only subscribers who shared their subscription lists it adds a lot of value providing more insight about our audiences.
In most of the cases weblog RSS readers are not as visible as weblog page readers: usual counters show only web-page visitors, not everyone can access server-based statistics to see RSS traffic and even having this access it’s not easy to estimate numbers of RSS subscribers. Similar problem exist in on-line communities: web-pages traffic is easy to count, but nobody knows how many people lurk via e-mail subscriptions.
So, even being far from perfect Who Subscribes? uncovers the hidden part of weblog reading iceberg. For me the best thing of it is discovering names of people I never knew were reading my weblog.
Tags: blog ecosystem, blog reading, blog research, communities, RSS