The whole announcement around the killing of Google Reader has got me thinking a lot about what I want out of an RSS feed aggregator. I will admit that I was never crazy about the look of Google Reader, but the functionality was second to none. Here’s a short list of what I want out if it’s replacement in my arsenal:
- First and foremost, it needs to be on whatever device I’m on. I read on my iPhone, my iPad and my laptop. I need my feeds to be wherever I am.
- It needs to be in the same place as my other information streams. That means Twitter, Google+ and Facebook at the very least need to stream to the same app or page. Ideally, I want my email to come to the same place and the flexibility to add future feeds.
- I want to be able to send out through the same space. I’d like to be able to re-tweet, +1, and share. I’d like to be able to share across networks. If a great blog post comes through on my RSS feed, I want to be able to tweet it or share it on Google+. I’d also like to be able to post directly to my WordPress blog.
- And, on top of it all, I want it to look great. I want embedded images and full text of articles.
Now, clearly, Google Reader was not all that, but what it did do was allow you to pull all your RSS feeds together so that other services, like FlipBoard and Feedly can piggyback them. This means that I can use FlipBoard on my phone or iPad without having to set up all my RSS feeds again. It seems that there are a plethora of RSS feed readers out there eagerly trying to grab as much of the Google Reader fallout as they can, but I haven’t seen one yet that does what I want it to. Anyone got any ideas?