Gush: RSS reader, instant messenger in sleek package

I downloaded Gush several months back and then forgot about it. Back then, I never thought I’d need a desktop RSS reader. After all, my current Cybercafe Experiment is to have all the data I need online–to make the network my computer, as Sun puts it.

I only remembered downloading the software when I came across a blog post announcing that you can now use Gush with Google Talk. I tried Gush a few weeks back and have been hooked since then (screenshots below).

Gush is a combination multi-protocol instant messenger (AIM, Yahoo, Jabber and Google Talk) and RSS reader. It comes in a very sleek package and it’s such a functional eye candy that I found myself using it more often than I do my online RSS aggregators.

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One button to feed them all

Most blogs have multiple RSS subscription buttons for various newsfeed readers. With the number of existing RSS aggregator services and with the introduction of more readers, you can expect your sidebar to get a bit crowded.

SoloSub simplifies this with a single button that will lead your readers to a landing page containing subscription links to the different RSS aggregator services. It’s a great service—something Feedburner should have thought of for its users.

Pinoy politics in RSS feeds

With the number of blogs discussing Philippine politics, how does one monitor postings without getting tied up in blog-hopping for hours? With an RSS reader, of course. I recommend Google Reader even if it suffers short (less than a minute) downtimes once every few days. Bloglines, the reader I used before I transferred to Google Reader, is also a good online RSS reader. I still use Bloglines as backup, though. You can share feeds between different RSS readers by exporting and importing your subscriptions.

If you already have an account, add the feeds listed below. In Google Reader, I label them as pinoypolitics. This isnt an exhaustive list, if you spot feeds that should be listed here, just leave the address in the comments section.

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SuprGlu your online accounts or start a feed aggregator in minutes

Do you use Flickr? Do you tag sites with Del.icio.us? Do you have a blog? You can gather all your data in these services into one SuprGlu account.

SuprGlu “gathers your content from popular webservices and publishes them in one convenient place and presents your content with simple, great looking templates which you can customize.”

I agree with the “great looking templates” part. Although it offers only three choices, all the templates are really good, especially “Scotch Tape.” Check my SuprGlu site by clicking here.

SuprGlu pulls publicly available data on several web services through feeds like RSS and Atom. With this, you can start your own feed aggregator in minutes by adding the RSS and Atom feeds of sites you want to include. I might start one for Bisaya Bloggers.

Google Reader is great but I’m sticking with Bloglines, for now

If you talk of features, there is no doubt Google Reader is superior to Bloglines. Not only does Google Reader have a better interface (done with Ajax) it also allows you the choice of either going through all the feeds you’ve subscribed to or browsing feeds by topic or by website. Bloglines, on the other hand, only allows you to view feeds one website at a time.

Google Reader allows you to label site feeds and individual items. You can also put a star on items that catch your interest, a system similar to the one being implemented in Gmail.

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Google Reader: When it’s working, it’s the best news feed reader around. In the past few days since its launch, however, the service is either too slow or unavailable.

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