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Bloglines vs. Google Reader

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I don't know. I've been using Bloglines for a few years now and haven't really had any complaints up until a couple weeks ago when feeds started to become intermittent for not just one or two, but handfuls of blogs and websites.

Since the problem didn't seem to want to correct itself, I gave Google Reader a whirl ... I don't think I'll be going back to Bloglines anytime soon. As might be expected from Google, they seem to do everything they need to do effortlessly.

I understand Newsgator has a pretty good RSS reader - Bloglines used to dominate this area with about a 30 percent market share, but apparently things have changed. Does anyone have any suggestions before I settle in with Google?

12 comments:

SugarHigh said...

I'll 2nd Google Reader - I live off of it, have been pretty satisfied with it.

It's a big decision, I think I spend more time reading my RSS feeds than I do with my wife.

Tarek said...

i have been using Google Reader for a long time - both on web and on my blackberry. However, I recently switched into using Office 2007 since I feel news content and email should be part of the same inbox.
Note: Google Reader can integrate with your GMail account if you Google search the hack.

Alex said...

Very interesting you mentioned this! I noticed that Bloglines has become hugely unreliable for most of my most important feeds, just over the previous couple weeks. I finally gave up, and started looking for an alternative. Of all the times for Bloglines to give out on me!

I too found Google's reader to be extremely easy to use, and have all my feeds on that site now.

I just don't know why Bloglines has decided to implode. But I am relieved I have a superior choice in Google. And it has no problems keeping my feeds up to date.

Anonymous said...

Google is fine
if you like your
computer to have a daily
cavity search!
Coconutz!

Tim said...

Bloglines has miraculously removed all those annoying red exclamation marks in just the last few hours... I think I might just stick with Google

bevo said...

Good to read that I am not the only who has had problems with Bloglines. Too bad.

Apple's Mail program also integrates RSS feeds and inbox. Thunderbird, IIRC, also does the same thing.

However, I prefer a web based reader because I can check the RSS feeds from any computer.

And like, SugarHigh, I spend more time with RSS than other things.

Dustin Anderson said...

I've used for GReader for over 6 months now. Helps me keep track of the hundreds of websites I keep an eye on all in one spot. It's great. I've never used anything else.

Edwin Khodabakchian said...

If you are a firefox user, you might want to take feedly for a test drive. It integrates nicely will google reader.

Anonymous said...

I've noticed in the last few weeks that when I navigate to this site from google (typing greenspan mess in a search engine is preferable to remembering and typing the URL and for some reason, I've never really gotten into the habit of using bookmarks -- probably because of my habit of keeping too many for them to be useful) the newest stories are 2-3 days old. But if I navigate here from other links (typically dr. housing bubble), the stories are up-to-date. just an observation.

Tim said...

You might be getting a cached version from Google - just hit Refresh or CTRL-Refresh and you should get the latest.

darmik said...

Google should not have Not Have Monopoly Control Over RSS Readers.

I'm an feed junky and last year when I could not find a reader other than googles that had the features I wanted, I decided to build one that matched and bettered the google reader feature set


At adelph.us we love to read rss feeds and we thought it would be a great idea to integrate a full featured rss/atom feed reader into the adelph.us social communication platform. We looked at some of the available feed readers and while many of them are very good, most lacked some key features that we believe are needed to help members easily add, read, and recycle feeds. At adelph.us we believe that there should be more than one choice for internet users when it comes to key applications like feed readers. We think that a feed reader should be tightly integrated into a unified social communication platform that allows members to use all of the features with one log or openid.

We believe in the Open Source development community, and because of this in the near future we will be releasing the adelph.us reader under an Open Source license. This means that the adelph.us reader will continue to evolve to meet the needs of users and developers.The adelph.us reader has all of the features that you would expect in a top of the line feed reader. When we started the development process we wanted to make sure that we matched feature for feature with the best feed readers. Once we had the key features list we began to add new features that would make the adelph.us feed reader an easy to use aggregator that gives members the ability to read, share, and republish feeds.

Some adelph.us Reader Features

* Feed Reader tightly integrated into adelph.us social communication platform
* Easy to use and intuitive user interface
* Add feeds from an existing OPML file
* Add rss/atom feeds as well as feeds from existing social services
* Share feed items with a note ( Public, Private, Friend (s), Group(s) )
* Email feed items with a note
* Tag feed item
* Re Publish feed item to blog
* Re Publish entire feed to blog
* Tabbed feed viewing
* Feed viewing options (Bottom, Right, Hide)
* Integrated feed search
* Feed Categorization using tags
* Latest feeds section (Shows feeds from the last 1 hour, 2 hours, 5 hours)

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of NewsGator, simply because of the fat clients for it. There are readers for Mac, Windoze, and iPhone as well. I think they even have a few more. I can read on the web if I'm away from my Mac or iPhone, read in the subway (the iPhone client caches stories that can be read without wireless), and everything stays in sync.

Bravo!

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