I’m a big user of RSS feeds, and used to pretty much live in Google Reader before Google killed it. In the months after GR was shut down, I tried a number of different RSS reading services including Feedly, AOL, Digg, and many others including client based products. I settled fairly early on Feedly, although it had a number of arbitrary and pointless limitations that drove me crazy.
At some point, I discovered InoReader and fell in love with it. It has a wealth of options and seems able to read many marginally functional feeds. However, it’s mobile interface has never been very good, and lately it seems like it’s been slower and more prone to outages. So, I’m trying Feedly again.
Feedly has gotten a lot better, most notably in its performance which I now find to be outstanding. However, it continues to have a number of limitations and rigid user interface functionality that I find frustrating. One is its insistence at putting feeds with no unread items at the bottom of the feed list, and forcing me to periodically do a browser refresh to see if any new items have come out in those feeds. Another is the inability to change the low contrast font colors.
That said, I think I could live with Feedly for a while, but I’m wondering, if you’re an RSS user, what are you using these days? If you don’t use RSS, what do you use to keep track of the blogs and sites that you follow? Social media like Twitter or Facebook? Internet bookmarks? Just wondering. (I’m sure many WordPress bloggers use the WordPress reader, and I do too for many WordPress sites, but not for other sites throughout the web.)