The post-Reader landscape
March 16, 2013 3 Comments
So far it’s Netvibes winning the post-Google Reader battle for my heart and soul. It was a bit overtaxed on R-day but once I got my feeds imported it looks pretty good for my needs, I can set up a plain reader view that looks more or less like a fancier Google Reader (but I can also add a Twitter widget to it, which is nice).
I would still prefer to strip it down further to bare-bones if that would help it load feeds a tad faster, but that’s a minor thing.
Slightly more major is that when I click on ‘All feeds (*)’, which I would expect to pull all unread posts from any of my feeds in one flat view, it consistently hangs with a ‘Connection failed – Retry?’ error. It might be that I just have too many subscriptions. So I have to click on individual feed ‘tabs’ (=what were called folders in Reader) and load smaller folders I want to read one by one. But that’s still kinda an ok way to browse, and I’m hoping it might fix itself once the post R-day server traffic dies down?
The Old Reader also looks promising and more stripped-down, but hasn’t given me a chance to import my subscriptions yet. On the other hand, that’s not a great sign if it means they don’t have enough servers i.e. will be slow.
Since I know you were interested….