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append delete #1. Kroc

Have you no imagination? Google Reader is a sandboxed web app. It cannot look at your whole browsing history like the browser can. It cannot tie together your bookmarks and RSS. It cannot make decisions for you based on what other sites on the web you visit often enough. How is Google Reader any better than the problems I have pointed out with Twitter and Facebook?

If this is all you have to say then I will delete this thread.

append delete #2. JJ

I get the awful impression no one is actually reading Kroc's article, they're simply responding to it.

append delete #3. ThomasGC

I've read Kroc's article and I know Google Reader is not the solution, but I *do* use it as a kind of work-around for the Chrome browser's inability to handle RSS. (I like the fact that it is cloud based, so I can see the latest feed updates from any connected PC)

Can anyone recommend a good plugin for Chrome that adds RSS capability? Ideally, this would be along the lines described by Kroc.

append delete #4. xj9

I don't know about y'all, but I just visit the sites I'm interested in keeping up on. I have bookmarks, browser history, and my own memory to keep me in sync. For a while I used Firefox's live bookmarks, then I started using chrome, then safari. I use the reading list feature occasionally, but my only real "aggregator" is my own memory. It doesn't work for everyone, I suppose, but its a technique I happen to enjoy.

append delete #5. Martijn

I am currently subscribed to 303 feeds, and I pay for a service (Feedbin) that makes sure I can accessed them all online and sync them with a reader application (Reeder for Mac). I would be waisting time that I should be spending just reading if I had to visit all these sites by myself: whether I had bookmarks or a memory.

But there will always be a threshold somewhere. My brother and I are both huge fans of continuous comics online (I am currently enamoured by Go Get a Roomie!) and I depend completely on my feeds while he has no problem going by memory (knowing when comics usually update) and bookmarks. The difference? I am subscribed to 73 different online comics through RSS.

My mom is slowly learning to use RSS as well. Although she keeps swearing by Microsoft Outlook and it took some time to figure out how to add feeds there. I have been encouraging her to get into it. What is it used for? Currently with press releases issues by different monarchies. Sure there are journalists that report on this and it will eventually trickle down onto her Facebook wall, but this way she can stay on top of the latest news without having to check a website on a daily basis that only updates sporadically.

append delete #6. oldtimes

After Google reader died I have been using Tiny Tiny RSS reader
https://tt-rss.org/redmine/projects/tt-rss/wiki

It works perfectly for my needs.

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