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Feeds: How Much Can You Eat?

In an interview last week with author Michael Banks for his forthcoming book, "Blogging Heroes," the conversation naturally turned to RSS feeds

In an interview last week with author Michael Banks for his forthcoming book, “Blogging Heroes,” the conversation naturally turned to RSS feeds. I mentioned my self-imposed feed limit is 200 sources I’m tracking on my Bloglines account. That’s my limit. All I can handle.

Interestingly, Mike’s finding 200 to be the magic number among his interview subjects. He was kind enough to share the following self-reported feed data:

* Peter Rojas (Engadget) 200

* John Neff (Autoblog) 200

* Chris Anderson (The Long Tail) 220

* David Rothman (Teleread) 200

* Brian Lamm (Gizmodo) “I’ve got about 400 blogs in my RSS feed. I should probably cut some of those out, and probably will.”

* Kristin Darguzas (ParentDish) 120. She was surprised to hear that that is a “managable” number of RSS feeds.

The feeders with an endless capacity seem to be Microsoft -related, for some reason:

* Mary Jo Foley (All About Microsoft) “I subscribe to all the Microsoft RSS feeds, all the MSDN [Microsoft Developer Network] and all the Technet blog feeds they have, which is like 4,000 bloggers. And then I have other Microsoft-related bloggers who I also have in my RSS feeds.”

* Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) “I look at 700 blogs on an average day. I’m the number one Google Reader user in the world. It shoots me 1800 items an evening.”

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