Saturday, 30 November 2013
Recall the countless times you desperately needed a 1 KOhm resistor to fix an amplifier at a party, only to see the girl you were trying to impress slip away with an OCaml programmer?
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Six months passed since I compared the Google Reader successors. I didn't plan to look at them again this soon but many people asked me recently what I would recommend. My answer was Newsblur every time but I realised that this advice might be outdated. The reason is that at the time of my last review the competition was in its very early stage and much can change in six months. Since I use my RSS reader extensively and I had some time to do a re-evaluation, here is the update.
The final choice is between Newsblur and Feedly. First of all consider the pricing and limitations and see if they both are an option for you. If they are, then I would recommend Newsblur if you are a control freak, if you want to keep your finger on the heartbeat of your feeds and if you are an iOS user. If you can let it go and you are fine with no stats from your feeds then nothing beats Feedly.
I am going to look at Hive Reader, Digg Reader, Netvibes, The Old Reader, Pulse, Newsblur and Feedly. My usage pattern is: I am subscribed to 240 feeds, some are picture-heavy (no, it is not lolcats!), some have hundreds of items per day, others have one item per month. I consider only online applications, if for some reason you want a thick client, this review is not for you. I also need mobile and tablet clients: reading feeds is a very typical content consumption activity and I expect strong support for second and third screens. Offline reading is also expected: main reasons are that it makes reading more fluid, there are no mobile reception situations (London tube in my case), but it is also very handy when I can "charge" my reader with content before a flight and consume on the plane or update in the hotel when abroad and read it during the day. These are my priorities, yours may be different. I try to cover other aspects as well in this review.