I have a few little programs I need for day to day operations. Email, calendar, to-do list, bookmarks and RSS reader. I have some of these covered by Google – email, calendar, to-do list and bookmarks. They recently dropped Google Reader, so that’s a bummer and I don’t have high hopes for Google Tasks, so I decided to do something about it.
Yesterday, I signed up for an account at Evernote. Evernote is really nothing more than a cross platform, online task list. I mean, it’s more than that because of features like various ways to organize “notes,” editing, sharing, printing, reminders and things like that. It’s actually much better looking and functioning than Google’s Task app.
With the use of Evernote, I now use Google for only three things I need. What I’m currently without though is a nice RSS reader. I have a bunch of blogs I like to keep daily tabs on and with the disappearance of Google Reader, I’m left browsing the sites themselves. This kind of stinks. And I’m not very good at it. Left to do the work myself, I don’t. I mean, I just forget about it or don’t do it at all. It was nice to have the reader available to tell me when someone wrote something new.
I know there are a few competing RSS readers out there, but I haven’t fallen in love with any of them. Feedly and InoReader require you to download Chrome extensions of something weird like that and BlogLovin is just odd. If you’re into babies and hair styles, this is probably the site for you, if the homepage is any indication.
I read that Feedly is working on making their service web based as well. That would be good because this is the service I’m most interested in. It looks good and I’ve read a lot of positive feedback about it.
My question is this – with all the demand out there for a good feed reader, what’s the problem? It’s 2013 and we still really only had one to choose from and that was Google Reader? Really? Has no one stepped up to the plate to create something that everyone seemingly wants? I find that very strange.