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Missing Conversation

I miss the conversational nature of Twitter. Perhaps it is because I don’t check it as often, or I need to curate my lists better, but I feel like there is an increase in the amount of noise there. Twitter is becoming more and more a place to syndicate your Instagram, Medium posts, and everything else, rather than fun conversation. Yes, I realize you are probably reading this from a link on Twitter or Facebook. (gRegor, you hypocrite.)

Of course, I’m not contributing much to the conversation on Twitter lately, either. I have been feeling pretty stressed, so that causes me to tweet less often. I don’t want to just tweet about how stressed I’m feeling, though. Ain’t nobody got time for that. One of the ways I decompress after work stress is working on my site or other indieweb projects. It feels nice to work on something I am much more in control of; I don’t have to answer to others or work on complex data problems. After putting that work in, I need to, well, actually write something. So that brings us to today.

I have half-joked about setting up a feed reader since Google Reader disappeared. The social aspects of it were quite fun at the time. I wonder if that era has passed now that we have so many more social-whatever things vying for our attention, but I am still tempted to try. I recently found a software library for reading RSS/Atom feeds and have been working on adding microformats support to it. Once I get that working, I am going to try setting up a feed reader and explore some of the social aspects Google Reader had. I don’t intend for this to be a big thing open to the public, but I will start with a small group of people and see how it goes. I will share the code, too, so if others are interested they can run their own copy.

If you’re interested, or just like to answer survey questions:

1) What feed readers have you used in the past?

2) Do you use any feed readers currently? If yes, which ones?

3) What are some of the most important features of a feed reader to you?

4) What are you least satisfied with about your feed reader (or feed readers in general)?

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Joshua Williams, Sheryl Hugill, Jeena, and 1 others

Sheryl Sheryl
@gRegorLove Hi gRegor! #conversation :D

Jeremiah Jeremiah
You haven't been tweeting? I was too busy to notice. :P

Lately I've been trying to be more conversational in the Twitter-sphere, and unfollowing those who don't really contribute but only use it as a platform trumpet their other social media endeavors.

I've been using the free version of It's almost the old Google Reader, hence the title. :)

Jon Jon
1. Google Reader
2. Feedly
3. Ability to categorize feeds, quickly view relevant information
4. Searching feeds, that is a premium option and I must pay for it.

Allison Allison
I think I get more of a conversational fix from Facebook... though I barely use Twitter now. I find myself using Pinterest a lot like I used to use Google Reader... sending funny things to people and whatnot.

Kevin Marks Kevin Marks
1) NetNewsWire, Google Reader


3) inline replies are good; being able to collapse longer articles would also be nice. I like the tagging in woodwind

4) currently the POSSE chiclets on woodwind are too big for me. I should fix that.

What library are you looking at for feed parsing? Universal Feed Parser in python is good.

Malcolm Blaney Malcolm Blaney
1. Google Reader


3. Information density, real time updates, sharing options (like, reply etc.)

4. Not currently searchable. Also since it's a river format, the page can get really long so I would like to add some way to hide posts that have been read.

Jeena Jeena
First let me say that I use Twitter (and basically Facebook and Instagram) basically as a write only medium, therefor I can't really have conversations there anymore.

1) NetNewsWire, Google Reader
2) and
3) Marking as read on all my devices, comment/like/repost via micropub
4) No way to let the computer read the text for me easily, that's why I have written but it only works on OS X

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