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

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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.

The problem with Google Reader, however, is that it is so slow at times that you’d better off checking individual websites or going back to Bloglines. A couple of times I’ve encountered 502 server error, indicating that the service is overloaded with requests.

But in times when Google Reader’s service is fast, there’s simply no comparison with Bloglines’ capabilities. Google Reader offers keyboard shortcuts to allow you to browse feed items (j for next item, k for previous item, s to label an item with a star etc.)

Until Google Reader’s services become more dependable, I’m sticking with Bloglines.

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  1. […] I’ve never encounted downtimes and overloaded server errors from Google Reader in the past day and a half. There are still times, though, that service is so slow and the display of feeds take more than 30 seconds. Google Reader, for me, has reached a level of dependability that I haven’t opened my Bloglines account for a day and a half. Bloglines, meanwhile, has decided to add keyboard shortcuts to its interface-no doubt a reaction to the offering of Google Reader. But, as I said in an earlier post, I will transfer to Google Reader once it addresses problems on downtimes and slow server response. If the current level of service continues, it’s Google Reader for me from now on. Technorati Tags: asides google RSS reader Related posts in Leon Kilat: The Cybercafe Experiments Google RSS reader outGoogle Reader is great but I’m sticking with Bloglines, for nowYahoo 360 test runBlogger now allows image uploadsBook memeTell me what your feeds are…Konfabulate your desktopWhy mainstream media dont get it by Max | posted in Asides Trackback URL | Comment RSS Feed Tag at del.icio.us | Incoming links […]

  2. […] For a more in depth reveiew check out the following from max.limpag.com 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 youve 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. […]

  3. I like Google Reader’s mixed feeds approach, but for the moment the lack of a simple ‘mark all read’ button makes it pretty cumbersome to use. I’ve recently discovered Rojo and like it a lot. It does mixed feeds and tagging as well. I’m very happy with it and Google Reader has a long way to go before I switch to that.

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