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Useless XML Buttons, Ugly Social Bookmarking favicons

In visual noise on blogs, Andreas argues against the excessive use of XML buttons and favicons on blogs and websites.

Social Bookmark Icons: People using social bookmarking services such as Digg, or Furl usually know how to add items to their accounts and don't need your favicons.

XML Buttons: Potential subscribers will probably use their feed reader's "subscribe to" bookmarklet, a plugin or their reader's interface and don't need all those links to third-party services.

I like his reasons though I may not immediately follow them. What is your opinion ?