Ok, let’s be honest about this whole RSS situation.
For most people, the killing of Google Reader was probably the first time they had ever heard of it. If they ever heard of it.
But for people who love to fiddle with apps and Internet tricks, this has provided an urgency, dignity and importance to their ability to waste countless hours deliberating between things like text editors and syncing Text Expander snippets. And most importantly of all, it’s united all of us in one mass moment of nerdery … one massive, faux important, mock urgent, unnecessarily hysteric, time-wasting event.
I know this because I’ve been wasting Manhattan Project amounts of energy thinking about it.
I’ve now tried Feedly, Feed Wrangler and Feedbin.
I was set on Feedly as it was already a mature platform. I liked using the apps. But my gut has been insisting that it is wrong.
The Head Nerds all seem to be leaning into Feed Wrangler. I think partially because they like the guy that made it and partially because of the smart stream feature. Also, the sync seems fast and reliable.
It’ll be awhile before there’s proper iPhone or desktop support for it which is killing me. Also, I’m not entirely sure how to make smart streams useful as anything besides folders. Which leaves me feeling like I need to fiddle. Though I think it’ll get more useful as more features are added.
Feedbin was having some speed issues that seem to have been fixed with a server move the other day. I’m intrigued for a couple reasons. It works with the iOS apps I like to use already. It uses tagging and seems to be a little more friendly on the UX side than Feed Wrangler. Also, the hamburger.
Ultimately, the features that define each of these from each other will likely be copied and become ubitquitous. And ultimately the more people use one, the more likely it’s going to get integrated into third party services like apps and IFTTT. Which, ultimately, probably, means that there will be few winners at the end of this gold rush. Ultimately.
Feedly already has such a head start on the others that I think it’s going to be the heir apparent. Hopefully the others are able to stick around though, because we’ve just learned that Too Big to Fail doesn’t apply to the work of feeds.