Google Reader: Bye bye Bloglines

Let me start by saying thank you to Bloglines – their service rocks and has reliably been my sole RSS reader for months now.

Last week I switched to Google Reader. I tried Google before and didn’t like it, but they updated the service a short time ago, and now it really rocks.

Here’s the reasons that made me switch:

  • Google. This means my Google Office package just got a bit better again. And it’s single sign-on with all my other Google services.
  • The interface is nice. Not a lot better than bloglines, but blends in with my GMail experience.
  • Single feeds also display read items. This is a lot better than having to update x days manually in bloglines.

My only gripe is that I need to manually mark stuff as read, if I don’t scroll past all new items (which leaves some unread now and then). When I click on a blog title manually in bloglines, all posts are marked as read. Maybe they’ll add this as an option later on.

Bloglines: Add protected feeds?

Today I was trying to add a search feed for OpenBC to Bloglines. The feed is prrotected with my OpenBC credentials via http basic authentication.

As Bloglines doesn’t receive any feed data when I enter the URL, it says there is no RSS feed. Is there any way to add protected feeds to bloglines?

TailRank rocks!

The great Burtonator himself commented on my post about unsubscribing and pointed me to TailRank‘s filtering feature.

Basically it allows you to import an OPML file (hi Dave!) and will filter the posts of these feeds according to TailRank’s algorithms. It will let you define how many links a post must have to appear in that filter, depicting some kind of relevancy.

This looks EXACTLY like what I was aiming at – very nice. You can even subscribe to the filter feed.

I’ll check out the mobile version when my 6630 finally arrives.

Oh, and a feature request: can you make that link to my bloglines OPML file dynamic (if I add a blog in Bloglines, I’d like to have it immediately added to my TailRank filter). In that respect: you don’t need my Bloglines user name and password – there’s a simple link like “http://www.bloglines.com/export?id=xxx” to get to the OPML…