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Listen in, listen Ian!

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RSS [Oct. 31st, 2007|10:57 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
So what can Google reader, or some other RSS client do that just having a
load of syndicated feeds in one's LJ Friends list can't do?
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[User Picture]From: spoonrefuter
2007-10-31 11:11 am (UTC)
Keep track of what you've read (i.e. only show you new articles)
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2007-10-31 11:11 am (UTC)
It can be free if you don't have a paid account or any friends who will syndicate things for you, I guess.

There may be some application you can install on on-the-go gadgets for when loading up a browser and reading your flist isn't really what you want to do, but you do want to read the news or Boing Boing.

Or something.
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[User Picture]From: very_true_thing
2007-10-31 11:19 am (UTC)
People can't tell what you're reading by looking at your info page. ;-)

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[User Picture]From: amuchmoreexotic
2007-10-31 11:29 am (UTC)
Google Reader tends to handle feed hiccups better - often after an upgrade a blog will republish everything, and LJ just fills your friends list with duplicates (or at least it used to).

Reader uses AJAX to keep loading items without the need to refresh or click Next. You can also export your feeds or set up a feed of items you have marked shared.

You can also "star" items if you want to refer to them later - say it's a video you can't watch at work or something.

Reader has a good version for mobile phone browsers, and a Wii version too.
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[User Picture]From: amuchmoreexotic
2007-10-31 11:31 am (UTC)
You can also configure Firefox to refer RSS links to Reader (actually a Google page that gives you the choice of adding the feed to Reader or iGoogle) so subscribing is a two click process. I don't think you can do the same thing with Livejournal. Reader has a nice feed discovery system too.
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[User Picture]From: amuchmoreexotic
2007-10-31 11:35 am (UTC)
Oh, and you can categorise feeds in Reader with tags, so say you're looking for something to listen to, you can just look at recent items from podcasts.

Also Reader has a little Flash player for listening to MP3 enclosures, which I'm not sure if LJ does.

You can also search the entire history of all your feeds using Google Reader, which is good if you're trying to refer back to something you vaguely remember.

The short answer is that Reader is a lot better.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2007-10-31 11:53 am (UTC)
sometimes it takes like 10 hours to update though...

i do like it though, because it means i don't have to have eg sharpreader on both my home and work pcs, and i can separate out lj-reading and "other stuff" reading, i don't know why this is important, but it feels like it is...
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[User Picture]From: amuchmoreexotic
2007-10-31 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'd actually like to read LJ through Reader, but it doesn't support login-protected RSS feeds, so I couldn't see friends-only entries that way. That's my one complaint with it - I've never had it be slow.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-10-31 09:54 pm (UTC)
The short answer is that Reader is a lot better.

Excellent. I'll give it a try then.

The thing LJ does where it suddenly fills your friends list with some random blog is really annoying.
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[User Picture]From: amuchmoreexotic
2007-10-31 01:15 pm (UTC)
Also Reader has nice keyboard shortcuts - hitting Space goes down a page on a long item, or to the beginning of the next item. If you're bored of a multi-page item, you can hit J to go to the beginning of the next item. If you want to go back an item, you can hit K.
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