Rojo Slows Me Down
I've been using Bloglines for a while now and every once in a while I try out a new aggregator. I've limited this search to web based aggregators because I want to be able to check in with the blogosphere anytime, anywhere, and I don't want to necessarily rely on an installed package on one machine. So today's experiment was with Rojo. I've tried it in the past and didn't like it. I couldn't get used to the "River of News" format, where all the stories from all your feeds are displayed together (usually sorted by time). Over the months I've softened on that format and decided to give Rojo another spin. After using it for a few minutes I discovered something that would absolutely slow down my ability to read the modest 108 feeds I monitor each day. You have to actually click on a story in order for it to be marked read. Your only other option is to mark all feeds as read in one shot. This is really not conducive to quick scanning and it doesn't work for me at all. It's too slow to actually physically do something just to mark a story as read. With Bloglines when you click on the feed in the left, all the stories show up, marked as read, in the right in one scrollable pane. Now grab the scroll bar, pull down, and scan the stories. It's a very simple efficient workflow. So it looks like Bloglines wins again and will remain my aggregator of choice.