How I learned to stop worrying and love Inoreader
Yeah, it’s 2015 and I am still here talking about feed readers, the ideal service to replace the never too much bemoaned Google Reader and about the unreliability of big corporations when it’s a matter of trusting them with something so important, so intimate like your personal slice of Web you browse every day, many times a day, one post at a time. This is an update post about my personal “quest” to hunt the perfect feed reader, a quest that already ended months ago with the permanent adoption of Inoreader.
Inoreader was born as a proof-of-concept project designed to offer the same reading experience of Google Reader, now the developers are describing it as “a content delivery platform” with several additional features but what’s important to me is that the service basic premises are the same as ever: smoothness, performance and usability in feed navigation are as close to Reader as my memory let me remember, and Innologica, the company born to support the service, doesn’t have the megalomaniac purpose of taking over the world like the never too much hated Google Inc. moloch.
Inoreader is “simply” a feed reader, and the basic (free) version already has everything I deem essential in this kind of tool: it can be accessed via browser, it lets you open a stand alone account away from any social network, it offers a good amount of customization options, it has no limits as for the number of subscribed feeds and above all it gives you the chance not to miss a single post from those particularly active feeds shooting out 50-60 updates while you are wasting your usual seven hours by sleeping (es. Reddit).
The good, the client, the trash
This is a basic feature, and the reason that never let me completely trust a stand-alone client where of those 50, 60 new posts you can see 20-25 at best when you power up the PC again. As for the interface, lastly, Inoreader does way, way better than the latest Google Reader build: no space is wasted on useless cool and trendy designs, on Inoreader the only things that matter are your feeds and no external element can disturb your deep diving in news, in-depth articles, images, videos and all the nice things in multicolor spending your time on-line is worth for.
I have also tried Feedly, as I was determined to do in the last post on the topic, but I dismissed it almost straightaway because, unlike Inoreader, it is a self-indulgent service built around a design and not the user’s basic needs. Feedly is a worthy member of that modern Internet world where you mean something only until they can put you inside a nice picture frame, a world perfect for newbies and the hoity toity from which I plan to stay as far away as I can.
The best feed reader can be browsed on-line, but after the Google Reader drama I don’t want to deny myself the additional option of an “off-line” software client: for the time being I plan to keep on using FeedDemon, my feed reader after the Reader shutdown which now mostly works as a backup. Hoping that the Inoreader infrastructure will always remain as snappy and efficient as it is now - a few minor issues aside - in the foreseeable future I will look into monitoring the evolution and the new stuff of the stand-alone feed readers market. Google Reader is dead and done, yet feed readers are more alive than ever. Thanks Google, and go fuck yourself in the cloud.