Reader is nice — I’m sticking with Netvibes

It’s about time that Google gave its feedreader an update, and I think some of the features it has added are pretty good, although I’m not sure I would go so far as to call it “stunning”, as Richard MacManus at Read/Write Web does. It is pretty slick, though. It handled the importing of my OPML file just fine, and I like the fact that it marks items read as you scroll past them.

The sharing is not a bad idea either, and I like the way you can incorporate shared items into a blog widget, as Peter Upfold has done here. But maybe I’m just not cut out for the pure “river of news” approach, as Dave Winer calls it. I’ve tried just about every feed reader out there, including Bloglines and Newsgator and Rojo and Live Bookmarks, and I’m still kind of partial to

I like the way I can see about 20 different feeds in a single glance, with five or six headlines per feed, and can mark each individual one read with a single click (which reinforces the fact that I think headline writing has become even more important than it already was, but I digress). The new Google Reader is definitely an improvement, but I think I’ll stick with Netvibes for now, even if Paul says the new Reader rocks.

12 thoughts on “Reader is nice — I’m sticking with Netvibes

  1. Hi Matthew,

    Just curious – how many feeds are you managing in Netvibes? I gave it a decent test drive as a feed reader, but found that it was a huge memory hog and basically made my computer run slow.

  2. Richard:

    I have about 160 right now, I think, and Netvibes seems to handle it pretty well — although I have a pretty fast machine. I did notice on a slower machine that it ran awfully slow sometimes, and sucked up a lot of RAM.

  3. I have about 80 feeds in Netvibes, and it works great. I actually use both Netvibes and GReader: I use Greader mobile from my Treo in “river of news” form; I use Netvibes as my home page.

    Would I go all Greader, all the time? I’m not there yet — I like being able to scan a bunch of stuff really quickly in Netvibes, which is much harder to do in GReader. But I do like a mingled headline format (I hate the phrase “river of news”) — it reminds me of my broker days — and I find myself doing that more and more.

  4. I like Google Reader as a mobile reader too, Paul. And I’m definitely going to keep playing around with it. As for the site forgetting you, I will have to look into that — I promise it’s nothing personal 🙂

  5. Well this is annoying. I actually *do* mostly use Google Reader for my feed aggregation needs, and now with the update, we have the usual “Everybody go play with this for a day before you forget about it” syndrome like we have with everything on TechMeme.

    Seems Google was caught unawares by this, because now when I — a *regular* GReader user — actually wants to use it, it’s all slow and hanging on me. How much longer do I have to stare at the “Loading…” beaker?

    Thanks for nothin’.

  6. If your Netvibes is a bit slow because of the number of feeds you have you can try to check the “Don’t Preload Modules on hidden tabs” option in the Settings. It’ll save some CPU.
    And instead going to the beach we spent our summer rewriting completely our backend to provide a much faster experience. We’re still correcting some bugs and should release it (with a couple of surprises) in the next days…

  7. That’s a great tip, Franck — thanks for mentioning that. And I appreciate you giving up your beach time on our behalf 🙂

  8. I am personnaly sticking to Webwag ? For two reasons: I am the founder, and above all with the hundreds of feeds installed, the Start pages users you mentioned now surf on their start page as they used to surf on the web during the pre-Google era. Too much time wasted. Very boring. I have to read tens of tabs and hundred of links such as we surfed on the web ten years ago.

    Webwag will soon launch a new round of innovation in this area. Stay tuned on our 🙂

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