Adobe enters feed reader race

My coworker Jeremiah Owyang says he’s not switching from Google Reader until at least a few other people in his trusted network switch too. In reaction to news that Adobe has entered the feed reader race with “myFeedz”. I briefly checked out the Adobe Reader. It’s missing three things that I find addictive about Google’s Reader: well-thought-out keyboard commands, “read-all-feed-items-at-once in a ‘River of News’” and ability to share feed items with others. If your feed reader has those three things, then I want to hear about it and try it out and see how it compares with Google’s Reader.

By the way, I’m using Google Reader right now to build my link blog. If you haven’t checked out my link blog, I think you’ll find it unique. I go through 541 feeds. In the last month I’ve read 21,991 items and shared 1,169 items. You’ll find that it’s totally different from Digg (cause the only one voting here is me, so you get to see what interested me in the feeds) and TechMeme (which only shows you the most popular stuff — I pick technology items. Really I’m doing this for programmers like Chris Messina and Dori Smith, and busy executives, like my boss who don’t have time to dig through thousands of items trying to find what’s good to read).

How do I do my link blog? I set Google Reader to automatically open in the “All Items” view. That’s the “River of News” view. Then I use the keyboard commands to go through my feed items one-by-one. “J” key goes forward. “K” key goes back. “Shift-S” shares an item.

I wish there were a directory of other people’s Link Blogs. Anyone want to start one on a Wiki?

UPDATE: ironically enough, today Google’s servers are misbehaving and aren’t accepting my shared items. Will try again later.

78 thoughts on “Adobe enters feed reader race

  1. Google Reader is not functioning for me for weeks now. And it really sucks having no RSS. I took a look at various alternatives and found lots of them. Examples are Newsgator, Rojo, Newshutch, News Alloy, Feed Show, and Bloglines Beta. Since there are many choices to choose from, I think I’d better enumerate the things I need so I can choose the best one for me.

  2. Google Reader is not functioning for me for weeks now. And it really sucks having no RSS. I took a look at various alternatives and found lots of them. Examples are Newsgator, Rojo, Newshutch, News Alloy, Feed Show, and Bloglines Beta. Since there are many choices to choose from, I think I’d better enumerate the things I need so I can choose the best one for me.

  3. I haven’t tried my luck with Google Reader. But I’m really excited to get things up for it. Based on research I noticed that some people are having problems with addition of random feeds into their blog through Google Reader. Is this true?

  4. I haven’t tried my luck with Google Reader. But I’m really excited to get things up for it. Based on research I noticed that some people are having problems with addition of random feeds into their blog through Google Reader. Is this true?

  5. I used to love Google Reader but hated having to log on each time.

    Try Snarfer. It sits on your tray, grabs your fave feeds and is free!

    Best part: no ads and crap like in other software

  6. I used to love Google Reader but hated having to log on each time.

    Try Snarfer. It sits on your tray, grabs your fave feeds and is free!

    Best part: no ads and crap like in other software

  7. I really like Google Reader for many of the same reasons you do. The read all items at once feature is my favorite and allows me to quickly see just what’s going on in the world today. The keyboard shortcuts, likewise, are a must since it makes navigating through this river of news (great term for it, by the way!) so much easier than if I would have to click on each item. I, also, won’t be switching to Adobe’s myFeedz right away, but I think I will take a look at it. Adobe always seems to end up creating very fine, very useful programs that quickly dominate their industry like PhotoShop, In Design, and Illustrator, so I have high hopes for myFeedz. I do wish they would change that name, though! MyFeedz sounds and looks a bit too much like a professional trying to look cool in front of the kids by speaking the current slang….

  8. I really like Google Reader for many of the same reasons you do. The read all items at once feature is my favorite and allows me to quickly see just what’s going on in the world today. The keyboard shortcuts, likewise, are a must since it makes navigating through this river of news (great term for it, by the way!) so much easier than if I would have to click on each item. I, also, won’t be switching to Adobe’s myFeedz right away, but I think I will take a look at it. Adobe always seems to end up creating very fine, very useful programs that quickly dominate their industry like PhotoShop, In Design, and Illustrator, so I have high hopes for myFeedz. I do wish they would change that name, though! MyFeedz sounds and looks a bit too much like a professional trying to look cool in front of the kids by speaking the current slang….

  9. User advertising for GreatNews (http://www.curiostudio.com/): There is something about the experience in GN that I cannot replicate in other readers. The main thing is, like Robert’s love of Google Reader, I can get through a lot of news fairly quickly. With the two-column newspaper view, I get to see the content quickly (on a 15″ laptop screen) and can zip through the uninteresting stuff fairly quickly. There is something about the combination of headlines + content that works for me.

    Keyboard commands are there, though the developer (one guy) has struggled with making the spacebar work consistently to scroll. Here’s the list of shortcuts I keep bookmarked within GN: http://www.curiostudio.com/blog/21. Since the standard view doesn’t have one article selected, it is difficult to have keyboard shortcuts that related to the article. Beyond scrolling, must article-specific stuff is by clicking.

    The default view is a newspaper view that presents two columns of articles from a given feed. I’ve asked (repeatedly) for a strict river of news but have yet to convince him that it’s worthwhile. You can easily switch views and number of items per “page” to give standard one-column full text or even a “brief” view that is strictly excerpts. (I read Scoble this way sometimes.)

    Sharing items, and otherwise acting on them, is done via a number of buttons at the bottom of each article. You can email or blog the itme. Or “label” it for memory in the future. There’s options for del.icio.us and furl links. (Don’t know why the others aren’t in there.) One great thing: if you offer a wfw:commentRss feed, GreatNews can track that for you.

  10. User advertising for GreatNews (http://www.curiostudio.com/): There is something about the experience in GN that I cannot replicate in other readers. The main thing is, like Robert’s love of Google Reader, I can get through a lot of news fairly quickly. With the two-column newspaper view, I get to see the content quickly (on a 15″ laptop screen) and can zip through the uninteresting stuff fairly quickly. There is something about the combination of headlines + content that works for me.

    Keyboard commands are there, though the developer (one guy) has struggled with making the spacebar work consistently to scroll. Here’s the list of shortcuts I keep bookmarked within GN: http://www.curiostudio.com/blog/21. Since the standard view doesn’t have one article selected, it is difficult to have keyboard shortcuts that related to the article. Beyond scrolling, must article-specific stuff is by clicking.

    The default view is a newspaper view that presents two columns of articles from a given feed. I’ve asked (repeatedly) for a strict river of news but have yet to convince him that it’s worthwhile. You can easily switch views and number of items per “page” to give standard one-column full text or even a “brief” view that is strictly excerpts. (I read Scoble this way sometimes.)

    Sharing items, and otherwise acting on them, is done via a number of buttons at the bottom of each article. You can email or blog the itme. Or “label” it for memory in the future. There’s options for del.icio.us and furl links. (Don’t know why the others aren’t in there.) One great thing: if you offer a wfw:commentRss feed, GreatNews can track that for you.

  11. i wouldnt say there was a ‘race’ ;)

    Flash has a been great for making feed readers for ages in my career. Big ones, smalls ones, pocket ones etc

    myFeeds is a nice approach, and not a million miles away from stuff we have brewing at podcast.com -

    oh btw :) : http://podcast.com/folder/4531/

    all podtech’s feeds in one place, with all the right data ;)

    the future for feeds is coming… mu hu huaar

  12. i wouldnt say there was a ‘race’ ;)

    Flash has a been great for making feed readers for ages in my career. Big ones, smalls ones, pocket ones etc

    myFeeds is a nice approach, and not a million miles away from stuff we have brewing at podcast.com -

    oh btw :) : http://podcast.com/folder/4531/

    all podtech’s feeds in one place, with all the right data ;)

    the future for feeds is coming… mu hu huaar

  13. I’ve used many readers, but since putting GreatNews on a USB drive I just stopped using anything else. The News Watch feature in GreatNews saved me from RSS addiction…

  14. I’ve used many readers, but since putting GreatNews on a USB drive I just stopped using anything else. The News Watch feature in GreatNews saved me from RSS addiction…

  15. Major usability issues. Major design issues. Cramped clunky interface and have u seen the ridiculous use of Flash on the main page? They use Flash to display section headings….that’s it…wtf?

    I use Firefox with the Adblock add-on installed. Adblock lights up all the Flash movies on the page.

    See my posting with a screenshot at http://rake.vox.com/library/post/myfeedz-adobe-labs.html

    Pardon the self-advertisement. It’s relevant and I am a new blogger trying to be disciplined….

  16. Major usability issues. Major design issues. Cramped clunky interface and have u seen the ridiculous use of Flash on the main page? They use Flash to display section headings….that’s it…wtf?

    I use Firefox with the Adblock add-on installed. Adblock lights up all the Flash movies on the page.

    See my posting with a screenshot at http://rake.vox.com/library/post/myfeedz-adobe-labs.html

    Pardon the self-advertisement. It’s relevant and I am a new blogger trying to be disciplined….

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