I've tried about two dozen or so different RSS readers / aggregators. I am, I will admit, an information junkie. Or at least a headline junkie. I like to scan lots and lots of headlines and then pounce! like a mongoose on the ones that interest me. Until recently, I had been using MyYahoo. It integrated with other stuff I do at Yahoo, and I had high hopes that they'd pull del.icio.us (which I love, and which they bought) into the UI really well and interestingly. Not so much thusfar. Oh well.
So I've been trying on new RSS readers. In the process, I made a list of what features the perfect one, for me, would need to have:
- Separate panes for feeds, article headlines and article summaries/bodies
- An indication of how many articles are unread
- The ability to import/export OPML (as I am WAAAY tired of trying out new readers manually)
- The ability to share settings, feeds -- the whole mess, actually -- between multiple computers. I do lots of stuff at home and at work, and having to update or match two sets of feeds is a pain.
- Tagging of feeds and individual articles
- Bookmarking / saving of individual articles
After a bunch of unsatisfying experiences, I came upon Alesti. It's a free, web-based RSS reader / feed aggregator that does all of the above. Because it's web-based, you can log in from any computer and view your feeds. It's got the panes, the indication of unread articles, OPML export/import, tagging, etc. I'm thrilled. And it's still in beta, and looks like it's just getting started.
So help these guys out. Go join up and make sure it keeps on keeping on, because I like it and don't want it to go away.