Bloglines vs. Google Reader

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When I first started reading blogs I would just save all the tabs I would have open while reading the blogs in Firefox, and it drove me nuts when it crashed but I was happy I had saved the tabs and I would load it everytime to check if there was anything new!

After a little while I stumbled onto Bloglines and it really helped organize what I was reading but sometimes it wouldn’t update saying that a website is unreachable but it would work after a bit. A few months after I started using Bloglines, GoogleReader started working and I tested both of them out for the past three months.

I usually like to support the little guy, but Google did such an amazing job with the functionality of Google Reader.

What I liked:

  • You can add a new bog very simply up top.
  • It refreshes constantly, and you can manually refresh all the feeds, the moment a post is made Google Reader doesnt’ miss it.
  • Both blog readers provide post previews, but when looking a preview on Google Reader it shows the text, pictures, and video, but with Bloglines it only shows you the text. Also the previews on Google Reader load faster then Bloglines even though the Bloglines preview is only text.
  • Google Reader has a lot of tools for all the posts, more then Bloglines.

Overall I really enjoyed using both, but Google Reader won me over right away, even after all the testing and waiting for it to make a mistake.

Bloglines

Google Reader

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

8 Comments

  1. I have so many feeds that web-based readers are too slow for me. I use a regular RSS aggregator. If I needed to check my feeds away from my computer, I’d use a portable USB app. (see PortableApps.com)

  2. i used google reader when it was first introduced but for some reason i stopped i just enjoyed blog hopping the old fashion way

    but due to my busy schedule i might look into it again

  3. 3baid: hhmmm.. I used to use one on my PC before, but I like the idea of checking it from any PC!

    Laialy: blog hopping just doesn’t work too well for me!

  4. I have heard about them but never got to try them yet. I’m definitely gonna try Google Reader…thanks for the nice review.

  5. i use bloglines but now tempted to switch to google reader, is there a function to transfer your feeds from one to the other?

  6. Angelo: No prob! You will like the google reader!

    Kay: yes you can import from Bloglines into Google Reader, it tells you how! Its relatively simple!

  7. Faisal

    I have a question regarding google reader. Your blog feed amongst a few others do not show images or video as part of their preview, why is that so? i noticed that the common thing with the missing-preview feeds was that they all used wordpress

  8. Faisal: Really, I’m not sure why, but blogs I know that use wordpress show up without any issues, I even see mine. Thats very strange!

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