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Bloglines vs Google Reader

I have often talked about different RSS news readers but there seems to be two that have consistently stood out from the crowd. Firstly there is Bloglines for which I have lamented praises and the new(er) kid on the blog Google Reader.

Bloglines

It's no secret that my current favourite is Bloglines. I have used this as my RSS reader of choice since day 1. The great thing about this tool is that it in free and available online. The benefits of a reader being online is that new items for your feeds appear almost instantly without having to load up yet another program on my ever struggling computer.

The other major benefits of using Bloglines (and in fact Google Reader) is that in Firefox you can set up a default reader to subscribe with.

Google Reader

To be honest there is not much difference in functionality between Google and Bloglines. One of the functions that can be useful is the list view option, this lists all of the items for a feed since you subscribed to it. This makes a great personal archive library of information, great for researching you next article or blog post.

In fact there is so little between them I haven't yet switched to Google, although Google does format the feed and display it in a more readable manner.

One thing I have noticed with both readers is that they do not always handles item dates very well. You may find that you are presented with new items when you have already read them. To be fair this is mostly due to the RSS feed itself but it would be could to have a setting to ignore updated feed items.

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