What makes an RSS reader good ...

31 Aug 2006 - 5:52pm
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Robert Hoekman, Jr.

> Regarding comment #5 below, what *does* make a good RSS reader?
> (just curious for opinions on this)

As soon as I find one, I'll let you know. ;)

But seriously ...

I'd like to be able to take notes about a post and save them with post
snippets and a link back to the post. I'd like navigation that doesn't
involve a treeview control (gasp!). I'd like to see the headlines presented
as a portal so I can get an at-a-glance view of them without having to click
the feed title first (like a start page, but optimized to show a ton of post
titles and still chunked so I can find things easily). I'd like to get rid
of the Mark As Read/Unread thing - just the last five will be fine (with the
option to see more).

I'd like the *design* from the blog page to come with the post. I know, I
know - this can't be done with XML - but it's not XML I care about, it's
being able to read posts from many blogs without having to visit every site
every day.

Naturally, I'd like all this to be web-based so I can check it anywhere. And
I'd like a plain text version I can check from my phone while standing in
line at the airport Starbucks.


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