FeedLounge Casey was talk­ing about Feed­Lounge a while back, so when the beta final­ly launched, I plunked down $5 for a month sub­scrip­tion, most­ly out of curios­i­ty.

They seem to promise you the world, but I’ve found FL deliv­ers what it promis­es — a host­ed, Ajaxed-up RSS read­er, com­plete with Google Read­er-esque key­board shortcuts.

Inci­den­tal­ly, I’m a big fan of Google Read­er, because it facil­i­tates speedy con­sump­tion of a lot infor­ma­tion… learn a cou­ple of key­board short­cuts, and you can quick­ly read through your favorite web­sites on your lunch-hour. How­ev­er, it’s near­ly impos­si­ble to man­age sub­scrip­tions once you’ve import­ed that OPML.

Feed­lounge rec­ti­fies this by using a Rojo-like tag­ging func­tion, to orga­nize feeds into cat­e­gories, with­out the pain of hav­ing to actu­al­ly cre­ate and set cat­e­gories, like Blog­lines. All you need to do is add or remove tags from any giv­en post, and the sub­scrip­tion struc­ture will auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust. Cool.

One gripe I have is the three-col­umn lay­out — I know it is a cool sell­ing-point, but I found it to be a bit of a pain… kind of bug­gy, espe­cial­ly when nav­i­gat­ing via key­board. Plus, I don’t real­ly want to read my feeds by tag (cat­e­go­ry) — I’d much rather just read the lat­est posts, in what they call the “riv­er of news” view. Nice that they pro­vide users with a choice.

Bot­tom-line, if you’re still using a desk­top client to read RSS/Atom feeds because you think all of the online ser­vices suck, give Feed­lounge a try, m’kay?

2 Responses to “FeedLounge”

  • For some rea­son, I feel like Google took Feed­Lounge and made a copy, or maybe Blog­lines. I don’t think the Google thought up any­thing orig­i­nal like Feed­Lounge has.
  • Well, Google Read­er definete­ly came around lat­er than Blog­lines… my point is that it is bet­ter than most oth­er online read­ers… at least, for the way I want to use it.

    Feed­lounge is great, but there are lit­tle quirks here and there, and it seems slow for a “pay” service.

    It will be inter­est­ing to see what kind of inter­faces peo­ple will build using Google’s upcom­ing “API release”:http://niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2005/12/google_reader_a.html for Read­er. And remem­ber — it’s free. ;-)

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