RSS Readers

Ive been a long time user of Google Reader. It worked great for me until a few weeks ago, when I started noticing it becoming slower. Also, I realized that many of the feeds that I frequently read were updated less frequently that I wanted. And it will only keep unread posts for up to 30 days. Anyway, my biggest issue with Reader is that its a web based RSS aggregator. Which means that it can be accessed from anywhere. Which really means that I may spend precious time reading feeds while I should be doing more useful stuff (like working...).

Google Reader logo

So I decided to find a good client-based RSS reader. After a little bit of research I started using Thunderbird, which is the aggregator from the Mozilla Foundation (the same guys that created Firefox). And I have to say that I didnt like it at all. Not only its full of counter intuitive options (why do I have to create a new folder for each feed if I want to see them separately? and why when I add a new feed the default option is to place posts in the same folder as the currently selected feed?), but its really slow. To a point that it was painful to read more than a few dozen posts straight.

Mozilla Thunderbird logo

After a little bit more research I ended up finding Akregator, which is made by the same team that built the KDE Desktop Environment for Linux. And so far I really like it! Its very fast, it allows to open the actual website in a separate tab (as opposed to only the post) and it has great keyboard shortcuts (Alt+, Alt- to switch between unread feeds, + and - to move between posts. No more tab back and forth to switch feeds like in Thunderbird). My only complaint is that it doesnt have an Undo Delete option.

Akregator logo

So I settled with Akregator and I installed it on my home computer. Since then, I am getting 30 minutes to an hour extra of work done every day! The only thing that Im going to miss are the Google Reader stats...

Google Reader stats

Written on May 29, 2011