I’ve been searching for an on-line, customizable equivalent of popurls, which is one really nice site. As for my requirements, I needed something simple and fast. Something very customizable would’ve been an added advantage. The sites I ended up testing were Bloglines and Google Reader.
This one is pretty good. You can group your feeds in folders, save them in separate playlists, blog or save interesting articles, and other such stuff. A very interesting feature: it gives you randomly generated e-mail addresses, so you can sign in for newsletters as well, and read everything in one place. The whole article is viewable (not just the summary); that’s another very nice feature.
Among its drawbacks: well, probably nothing much really. Some minor nitpicks, such as feeds disappearing once you open them. An extra click is required to display unread items. Some might see this as a feature of course, but I usually prefer a feed to show the most recent articles even if I’ve read them.
I’d already been using Reader just for my comic strips, this time I decided to import everything from Bloglines and give the whole thing a try. Like most google apps, it uses those ajaxy thingies to give a much smoother and cleaner experience.
It has the usual bunch of shortcut keys (Bloglines does too). On the whole, it is simple, and works. The features aren’t as extensive as Bloglines. There is little to choose between the two eventually: both do their job fairly well.
What did I settle with eventually? Neither. As I said, I wanted something like Popurls. Both the ones I reviewed collect unread messages by the dozen. Personally, I abhor opening either and seeing ‘250 unread entries’ or something like that. Popurls shows the only the most recent news at any point of time, and that’s enough for me.
What I use now is a cute little thing called Snownews. Its a console based news reader (not online, as I’d wanted), but is simple enough to do everything I want it to. Check out the screenshots above.