Apparently Microsoft is the last of a pretty long list of companies coming out with a product that support RSS without really getting the whole point.
Or maybe I have a distorted vision of how RSS feeds should be consumed because I have been using Dave's readers for the last years. My problem is that I'm not getting what I would really like from any of the available readers. I'm using bloglines now, which has a good number of the features I want, but not all of them.
So, here's my list:
- I want a "River of news" approach. I'm perfectly okay with very long web pages. Actually I love scrolling quickly trough long pages with lots of news coming from my sources, I have become very good at spotting what is interesting for me.
- I want to be able to divide my reading list in groups. There are some feeds that I want to read more frequently then others. I usually hit my "friends" group several time per day while the generic "news" group only one or two times
- I want web access. I work regularly with 2 computers at the same time, I want to be able to check my feeds from both. And even when I'm at home. And when I'm visiting friends.
- Mobile access. I'm reading my feeds from my cellphone quite frequently in these days. It allows me to be updated every time I have a few seconds available. I want a version of my rivero of news page optimized for cellphone browsers
- Reading lists. Reading lists are a good idea, I want my aggregator to support them. The way I would like to see them integrated is by having special kind of groups which are automatically updated by OPML reading lists
- POST button next to each news item. This is one feature I miss most from Radio: I want to be able to send anything from my aggregator to my blog editing tool in one click. Regardless of what blog editing tool I use.
Tags: RSS, RSS Readers