Some of you may not use a RSS reader. But thousands of us in the LexBlog community have found RSS invaluable to have news and information fed to us from websites and blogs. Not only are we better informed, but this listening serves a critical role in our engaging others via blogging and other social media.
I’d like to know what you plan on using with the demise of Google Reader. On your desktop and on mobile. On Mac or PC. On IOS or Android. And even on Windows 8.
I read all my feeds on an iPad. The interface for reading is nicer than on my MacBook Air or monitor and the applications for mobile are far superior to desktop apps.
Historically I have used a combination of Mr. Reader, Flipboard, and Zite. Mr Reader, which I’ve used 90% of the time, gave me all my feeds by source (blog or publication) and subject (Google Alerts). It organized my feeds by folder, has a wonderful interface for reading content, and the sharing feature, which includes Buffer, is really nice.
Flipboard, with its eloquent interface and regular feature updates, has been drawing me in of late. In addition to getting my feeds, I’m now able to key in a term such as ‘publishing’ and see curated news on the subject from across my social network – very cool and getting cooler. One reservation I have with Flipboard is that it doesn’t organize all my feeds by folder allowing me to skim trough them all for my sharing and blogging. The other is that Buffer is not incorporated into the share feature, you need to email through Buffer.
Zite I use occasionally to see the best of certain subjects as curated by Zite. Many lawyers in our community love it.
With the demise of Google Reader, I am told Mr. Reader, dependent on Google Reader as its data base, will no longer work. I am playing with Feedly (Mac only) as a replacement, but, for me, the interface and sharing features are not nearly as nice. Buffer is included, but there’s a delay from hitting share until the share window appears.
My gut tells me that until someone nails a reader with the features I like that I am headed to Flipboard. Rather than curating my feeds by individual sources and subjects, I’ll allow ny social network to do it for me.
What do you plan to use and why? I’d welcome your input to share across our LexBlog community.