Firstly web-based is easy, all you have to do is register and away you go, plus you can access your feeds on any computer.
But the first hitch like always is to subscribe to some feeds…this needs work, as newbies don’t know what RSS or feeds are, they don’t know how to subscribe to content, other than old school email alerts.
Anyway, besides collecting your feedset, the easy and smooth part is reading your feeds, and marking them read/unread.
- OPML import
- keyboard shortcuts
- manage feeds
- organise feeds in folders
- option to only show unread entries
- show entries from a time range…last hour, day, week, etc…
- mark a post read
- keep a post read
- mark all read
- open next feed
- mark all read and open next feed
- mark everything read (scroll down to the end of your subscriptions)
- separate scroll bars for your subscriptions and posts
I don’t think the following features are essentials for people new to reading feeds, but here are the lacking features:
- tags (feeds appearing in multiple folders)
- river of news
- then there is personalisation, but we won’t go there
I don’t care that much for bookmarking as I use a separate service, but I do like flagging posts into one folder. It kind of does this as you can keep a single item unread, but then these will blend in with the new batch of new items. Plus they are distributed, a flagged folder will have all your purposefully unread items in the one spot…personally I’d like both features.
Also, river of news is an essential for me (folder or whole level)…anyway if it had these two features I’d seriously consider using this over of the current more powerful RSS Reader I use, sometimes you just have to go back to simplicity…my feed set is getting smaller these days, so simple is OK.