Everybody knows the tiny orange icon in they address bar of your browser and more and more people started actually clicking it. Feed readers like Google Reader, Netvibes modules or desktop applications like Liferea are becoming more popular and the Open Source and Free Software communities apparently all share some kind of affection for blog aggregating planets. Typically, Web feeds are .xml based, machine readable documents syndicating html information that applications like the mentioned readers pull from the server and display in human readable form, while there are other uses like fetching torrents to use in p2p downloads, news aggregation is the most common scenario for the ordinary person.
Surfing the web one encounters many different interesting pages and can subscribe to the feeds offered on these, you can collect feeds of those sites, blogs and even social sites like digg or twitter. You create your own personal web of information that really matter to you, without having to visit all these different web sites. Feeds changed the way I use, the way I gather information on the web significantly and one thing I came only to think about recently is that many of those blogs, or news sites I follow I haven’t seen the real web sites in an awfully long time, some I haven’t even visited once.
I don’t have to.
They only thing that would make me do visit a site would be to write a comment or read those already there.
For me web sites consist of mere lines of text on a white background, with simple or no formatting at all, pictures may play their part but often look out of place. No headers, no logos, no side bars, no footers, just the post and me.