RSS Reader Wars

Starting about a year ago, I was thinking that I should start using a RSS reader. I tried several, but they seemed to be rather awkward and very difficult to use. After trying several, I would wonder what all the fuss was about. They just didn’t work very well. It seemed like I missed a lot of posts and the effort just wasn’t worth it.

However, about four months ago, I thought that I would give it another try. Again, bust after bust. I would tell you which one’s I tried, but honestly the only one that I remember is Sage, and It really wasn’t very good.

Eventually, I heard about Google’s Reader. Despite my general dislike for Google, I figured that I should at least give it a try. It’s perfect for me.

The best feature is it’s portability. I can be reading at home. Find a new site I want to add to my reader, add it, and when I get to work it is there. Perhaps if I had remembered this on my vacation, I wouldn’t have gotten as far behind as I did.

Also, as with most things Google, it is fairly easy to use, and work with. No need to read a manual or help file to get it to do what you want.

There are problems with it though. When I first started to use it, I was reading at home, and one of the forums I frequent was spammed by a porn site. Wow! I clicked off of that quickly. Fortunately, I don’t think any of my kids saw it. But I have learned a few things about how to use this program. Specifically, I use it in list mode rather than expanded mode. This way if I suspect porn, I just don’t open it. Generally, this forum is good at keeping on it’s spam, but because it is all volunteers, there are times when things are missed.

Anyway, I am glad that I finally have a decent RSS reader that I can use. I don’t feel so out of touch with the blogging times any more. And I am able to check out more blogs and information as time goes by.

Now, if I could only get all of the blogs that I read to provide an RSS feed. I would also like to see an feed for the Salt Lake Tribune. I am sure that over time, almost all web providers will support this in some way. Hey, if you are reading this and have a blog, please think about getting a feeder for you blog if you don’t.

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4 Responses to “RSS Reader Wars”

  1. Misty Fowler Says:

    Actually, the Trib does use RSS. If you look under the “News” drop down menu, there’s an RSS link.
    http://www.sltrib.com/rss

  2. Jesse Harris Says:

    I tried to like Google Reader, but I ended up going back to Bloglines after only a few days. The interface that Google offers wasn’t much to my liking and its one of the few of their products that I think needs some serious retooling.

  3. Sami Says:

    I love Google Reader! I tried a different reader a while back and decided I didn’t like it, but Google Reader changed that for me. The only problem now is that I read more blogs than I used to and let things back up. But now I read more blogs than I used to and feel a little overwhelmed at times at the amount of unread entries I have. Hope all is well with you, good to see the new blog.

  4. Travis Says:

    Misty,

    Thanks for pointing that out. It seems that they could have made the link a little more visible. But, I guess, I could have looked a little harder.

    Jesse,

    I think there are a lot of things wrong with Google reader. But it is the best I have found so far. I will give Bloglines a try.

    Sami,

    Good to hear from you. Things are great here. I am excited about the news I am going to announce in my next post. So, I won’t spoil too much here. Just stay tuned tomorrow.

    Also, I have found that I have too much information too. I am a terribly slow reader, so I skip a lot, but I do like reading.


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