There’s a post, and discussion, about the relationship between readers’ and producers’ control over formatting, which made me think about how their model matches how I read the web.
All styling is removed, and the browser’s scrollbars are a great indicator of how much is left, which in turn lets me judge how much to skim.
The river approach works well, especially for skimming. There’s the usual tension. Some feeds are for browsing - news, especially, or busy blogs. Others should work more like email: I really do want to read the backlog on some feeds, even if it’s months out of date. I’m still missing a trick for an elegant way to reconcile those modes.