Webometric Thoughts

August 1, 2009

Free online services can quickly go offline: Which RSS reader next?

Filed under: Bloglines,Google Reader,RSS aggregators — admin @ 11:12 am

There are some amazing web sites and services that you can get for free online, the problem is that they can go offline just as quikly. Microsoft’s Popfly will disappear in a couple of weeks, the future of Yahoo BOSS is in doubt, and Newsgator’s online feedreader is about to be shut down…at least the free version.

I’ve been using Newsgator’s online version (as opposed to the desktop version which will continue to have a free version) for over 18 months, after getting fed-up with bloglines. My reasons for not changing to Google reader then still stands: I don’t want all my information needs in one basket; Google is already too powerful.

The question now is where to go next. Do I return to Bloglines, ready to face the wrath of the bloglines plumber? Or is there a better alternative? I have one month to decide.

January 10, 2008

NewsGator RSS Aggregators now free

Filed under: Bloglines,FeedDemon,RSS aggregators — admin @ 9:12 am

It is difficult to over emphasise the importance of RSS feeds to the information professional, and I am always shocked when I come across someone who doesn’t use them. Until now I have been happily using the web-based Bloglines, with my only criticism being the regularity with which it checks some of the feeds, and that I have never found their mobile service to be particularly user friendly. Whilst others have since transferred to Google’s Feed Reader, personally I like to keep my web services in more than one basket. However, with NewsGator now offering their mobile, web-based and downloadable aggregators for free it is definately time to consider a change.

First impressions are very favourable, although whilst the additional features of FeedDemon are no-doubt useful, I do find myself missing the simplicity of the Bloglines. Only time will tell if NewsGator has enough to make my temporary change permanent, and the key may be the quality of the mobile reader.

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