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The State of FeedLounge

Alex has posted a moderately detailed article explaining The State of FeedLounge. For any newcomers who don’t know what FeedLounge is, it’s a web based feed aggregator, not unlike BlogLines. But FeedLounge is a next-generation web service that looks and acts more like a desktop application than a web site.

I’m one of the lucky alpha testers who have had access for the last six months. I committed to using FeedLounge as my only feed reader, dumping SharpReader and the RSS capabilities of Thunderbird. I’ve watched FeedLounge go through some rough spots, and it always came back better than before. Alex and Scott have done an outstanding job with everything from the great AJAXian user interface to the invisible backend. When the time comes, if the price is right, I’m going to be a paying customer.

But you don’t care about all that, do you? What good is it to read about a service that you don’t have access to? All you care about is knowing that FeedLounge will be open for public beta on January 16, 2006.

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Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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10 Responses to The State of FeedLounge

  1. Ozh says:

    Ho … paid service … didn’t realize it was going to be something like this.
    Well. It wil have to be *REALLY* kick ass in order to get some customers in.

  2. Dougal says:

    It’s pretty kick-ass for a web app, I must say.

    And they still plan to have a free version of the service (I think they’re trying to figure out some advertising issues that are unique to an AJAX-driven site).

  3. Tom says:

    About time, seriously.

  4. shorty114 says:

    and the RSS capabilities

    Doesn’t RSS stand for Really Simple Syndication, not Rich Site Summary?

  5. Aaron Brazell says:

    Apparently, Jeremy isn’t thinking very highly of FL. I’m not sure if I’m crazy about them as I tend to take his opinions very seriously.

  6. Jan says:

    Paid service? I’m not willing to pay money for anything else than my website, so I guess that rules me out. Bummer, since I signed up for beta-testing a long time ago and I am still curious to see what FeedLounge will become.

  7. Dougal says:

    Shorty: It depends on who you ask :)

    Both terms have been used, and I don’t care to go back over the sordid history of RSS and its various incarnations. Let’s let GoogleFight decide.

    rich site summary: 48.1M results
    really simple syndication: 26.0M results.

  8. Ozh says:

    Well let’s make it acurate then, with some quotes around :
    “rich site summary” : 506K results
    “really simple syndication” : 22.1M results.

    :Þ

  9. Dougal says:

    “I care”: 7.11M
    “I don’t care”: 9.98M

    :)

  10. Alex says:

    Aaron, you may want to read Jeremy’s follow-up posts. :)

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