Don’t subscribe to sites that do news as a business is a great rule of thumb for choosing what to have lined up in your RSS reader (and one that I should get better at following!). But Chris Coyier’s post about the “sweet spot” for RSS feeds did get me thinking; I don’t necessarily agree that one should just unsubscribe from high-volume feeds… I like his idea about pausing feeds, but I think what I’d like would be the ability to limit a feed to a certain number of items (say, 10). As new items get added to the feed, they push out older items. It might mean missing a few articles, but it would also stop the unread count from getting out of control.
Yes, it’s “a niche feature for a thing that is already niche”, but it’s often the niche features that make software great.