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Marshall's Web Tool Blog

Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.

Google Portal: Proof of Fallibility

Lest you think that Google is infallible, their newest release falls far short of expectations. A great write up over at ResearchBuzz explains in detail some of the shortcomings of Google's new Personalized Portal Home Page service.

The service looks like MyYahoo, but with way less functionality. I know several people are subscribed to my RSS feed through their MyYahoo account (including one in Florida. Hi!) but that's not something you could do with the new Google service! There are an extremely limited number of content streams you can put onto your page. Hard to believe they call it personalized, when it would be very easy to allow any of the millions of RSS feeds available to be displayed.

I haven't looked closely at the new Mac OS RSS reader, it does look good, but I am still not convinced that anything is available yet that rivals Newsgator (see my demo account there at username:marshalldemo password:welcome). It's not perfect, and it's certainly not a portal (if that's what you're into) but it still seems a lot better than this new Google thing.

My archive of Furled web content regarding RSS is available here and about search, including lots of alternatives to the big G here. See also my Introduction to Concepts and Article List.

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