Bye-bye Bloglines… Hello Google Reader
Posted on 6th January, 2007
For no apparently reason, Bloglines, my previous favorite feed reader stops working today. On the Feeds tab, everything is missing except the Additional Features section. That’s a good way to lose a user like me.
On top of that, my Internet connection is still crawling like a snail and intermittently cut off while I browse the net. When this happens I restart my ADSL router hoping to regain connection. When that fails, I just have to step away from the computer, and do something else.
It’s an unproductive way to start the New Year to say the least considering that I am making a living from the Internet and now I can’t even work. I could not upload or download medium size files, or perform routine maintenance without having to wait hours before it’s completed. I usually leave my computer on 24 hours just to download emails from my server.
Taking a break from blogging or working while everything fixes itself is not an option. I read that it’s going to take at least 3 to 4 weeks for the undersea cable to be fully fixed. Apparently the temporarily measures my ISP is taking to reroute traffic haven’t been working well here.
Anyway, while Bloglines is still not working, I thought I gave Google’s RSS Readers a test drive using what’s left of my connection.
While I think there are certain things that can be improved, I was quite pleased to see that Google Reader has much to offer than Bloglines.
It’s an efficient reader allowing you to browse large number of feeds easily. I find it to be a little faster than Bloglines too.
The star feature helps me identify and mark entry that I want to refer later. I also like the friendly relative time stamps i.e. “2 hours ago” versus “9:30 AM”
When you first log into Google Reader, you are shown a summary of what’s new on your subscribed feeds. In contrast, Bloglines show you some site announcements and static tips which somehow disrupt the user experience.
Google Reader also allows you to specify how you want to view your feed. You can choose to see the headlines only or the headlines with a short preview of the body.
In addition, you can find some interesting statistics such as which blogs post the most often as well as the number of posts a day each feed does.
Check out Google Reader here.
PS: My slow Internet connection is killing me…even this short article, with no image included, took several hours to complete but now my connection is totally dead. I’ll upload it when my connection is back on.