The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Bloglines Out, NewsGator In

For the last few years, I've been using Bloglines as my main blog aggregator. It's worked fairly well, but earlier this week I found out about some security holes that have been unfixed on the site for months. That bugged me. Then, earlier today, I saw a reference to NewsGator Online, a competitor that has much better integration with offline newsreaders, allowing you to read feeds from different locations but keep your "read list" in sync.

I tried them out. After a little OPML editing to remove a layer of "outline" that wasn't needed, they imported my Bloglines data without any issues, and the UI of their service is pretty good. I like that it's not using frames, and the "collapse a site's entries" buttons work quite well. My only complain is that there wasn't a way I could mark the feeds I'd just imported as "completely read", but it looks like that's a common request, so I think it will be in the system sooner rather than later.

They have good mobile browsing support, something I've already tried from my Treo. The paid version is $20/year, and I'm happy to pay for this -- it's better to be a customer than a freeloader when you've got a critical application, in my opinion. They have a well staffed support forum (something Bloglines has been missing for a while), and there seems to be a lot of momentum to make their service better.

My only other complaint is that their site is a bit slow. Bloglines has had slow periods, but never this bad. However, it looks like they're in the middle of switching to new servers, so I'll cut them some slack.
Tags: blogging, technology
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