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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

Actually, I’m not talking about the following video: 

Although, it is quite a cool video.  And song.  I vote this video for Most Creative Use Of Treadmills In A Music Video.

No, I’m talking about NewsGator Go!, replete with trailing exclamation mark.

newsgator link - free

For those of you who aren’t familiar with a “feed reader,” here’s the concept:  Reading blogs, although fun and good for your health, can sometimes be a chore, especially if you have to remember to visit each of the sites you like to read, and if you have to calculate how long it’s been since you’ve been there, and if you have to scroll down to find the last entry you read.   Sometimes you waste your time simply by going to a blog and they haven’t written anything since the last time you visited!  The NERVE!  Don’t they know I’m sitting here, waiting to be entertained?!!?!? 

Why can’t someone invent something so I can more easily read all these blogs?  And sheesh, I left a comment yesterday somewhere and I don’t remember where it was or which blog entry, but I sure would like to see a response!

That’s what a feed reader does.  It’s kind of like reading email, but instead of reading up on the latest male enhancement product or must-have narcotic, you can be notified and manage the new posts (and comments) that people write on their blogs.  Most blogs support a little thing called “RSS” which is a fancy way of saying “it works with a feed reader.”  It makes it possible to read and catch up on hundreds of blogs instead of just a few.

I’ve tried a few feed readers along the years, like Bloglines, Google reader, Opera, IE7, and found them all a little helpful but not tremendously helpful.  When I tried FeedDemon a couple years ago, I liked it a LOT and decided to buy it (it’s free now, by the way.  Way to help a brothuh, guys.)

The unique thing about FeedDemon / Newsgator is that although you might read blogs from many different places (browser, desktop, cell phone), it syncs up your feeds and read/unread blogs between all of them.  This is huge!

I can read my feeds from my desktop with the powerful FeedDemon client (Windows only).

newsgator windows client

I can read my feeds from any web browser with NewsGator Online.

newsgator online

I can read my feeds from my blackberry with NewsGator Go!

newsgator go mobile

It is so incredibly productive and pleasing to me that I can be on my cell phone, catch up on a few blogs, even comment, and then when I get back to my desk, those entries are marked “read” and I don’t have to catch up again.  If I add a new blog to my list while browsing the web, it’s added everywhere.  The converse of this is probably more important – when I remove a blog from a list, it’s removed everywhere.

I can even install a toolbar into my web browser that lets me auto-subscribe to feeds that it auto-finds as I browse the web. 

newsgator toolbar

Do YOU use a feedreader? Let me know in the comments.  If you do, which one do you use?

And lo, the people did comment thus:

6 Comments

  1. Christine says:

    Thank you! You are the greatest! Don’t let it go to your head!!

  2. Christine says:

    yeepee!!

  3. Dave2 says:

    The Mac alternative for using the syncing features of Newsgator is called “NetNewsWire” and is about the best reader you can get. And, for iPhone users, Newsgator has a lovely interface specifically for mobile Safari that initiates automatically when you visit their site using iPhone or iPod Touch. A great, great service.

  4. Avitable says:

    Google Reader is something I can do online and on my phone and it syncs, too. I’m pretty happy with it.

  5. whall says:

    Christine, I promise not to let it go to my head. I’m very glad your gravatar is working – it shows a spunky, fiery side that’s probably all-too-true 🙂

    Dave2, I love it when people do it “right” – like them noticing that you’re browsing with Safari and customize the interface for you.

    Avi, is the Google reader web-based, or does it have a client that runs on the phone? The client-based model is important for me for GUI speed. This is one reason I dropped bloglines. Berry apps like Beyond411, Mobio and NewsGator Go! are great examples of client-based apps.

  6. Avitable says:

    It’s AJAX. And there’s a Google phone web-app for the iPhone. You can also download them to read offline, too.

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