As I mentioned a while ago, I'm now using Bloglines as my news/blogs/rss/etc aggregator. It took a bit of time to adjust to using the service, but overall I'm pretty happy with it so far. It has caused me to change the way I read in a few ways, but nothing earth shattering. And I've found a few minor annoyances along the way too.
First off, I had to adjust the way I update the blogroll on the right hand side of my main blog page. To do so, I slightly modified my opml2html.pl script and added a cron job to fetch my subscription list from Bloglines.
It looks something like this:
wget -q -O subs.opml http://www.bloglines.com/export?id=jzawodn
I love the fact that I can get at my subs via a simple REST interface without needing to jump thru cookie and/or authentication hoops.
A few things that bug me or I'd like to see changed...
- Sorting is very haphazard. I can sort my list of feeds alphabetically but then when I add a new one, I have to re-sort because it ends up at the end. Why not provide a default sort order?
- I'd like an option that hides feeds that have no new content since my last visit. That'd greatly reduce the scrolling I do.
- The unread counts aren't reliable. Sometimes it'll say "12" but when I click on the source I find that only 2 things have updated. I haven't quite found the pattern to what causes this yet.
- I'd like it to respond to what I do. My old aggregator would track the feeds I read most and sort them in that order. Bloglines could do the same thing. It turns out to be incredibly useful and I'm really starting to miss it. Implementing #2 would help, but it's not the same.
- I'd like to be able to toggle a "headline only" mode. It seems that 80% of the time, I want to read the full-post feeds I subscribe to, but 20% of the time I just want to skim headlines.
Disclaimer: Some of this stuff may actually exist and I simply haven't found it yet. If so, please let me know.
Posted by jzawodn at April 03, 2004 09:52 PM