Which Do You Use?
I’ve been a bloglines person, but lately it’s been acting funky: not loading an updated feed when I select it, not refreshing (so that every time I go to bloglines, the same feeds I read earlier are once again marked “new” when they aren’t [and I’ve set my preferences to ignore updated posts, so that’s not it]), sometimes bloglines is unavailable all together.
So yesterday I exported everything to Google (although their level of snooping freaks me out) and have been trying out their Reader. It seems nice, but there’s so much info on the page — it hurts my eyesssssssss! I like the cleaner look of Bloglines, and I don’t like that there doesn’t seem to be a way to remove the generic list of links (home, starred items, trends [like I give a hoot about my reading trends — that’s way too meta-statistical for me!], my “stuff” [I don’t know and I refuse to find out]) so that the only thing visible on the left is my list of feeds. Because that’s what I use a feed reader for: to check out my favorite blogs, not to worship at the Google altar. I also prefer the information you can get from Bloglines (how many other people subscribe to a feed, who the public subscribers are [that’s how I’ve come across some pretty cool blogs], etc.).
I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but I just wonder what you all use.