NewsBlur

I’m excited about NewsBlur. It’s an RSS/Atom reader that’s web-based, open source, and integrates with Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and a handful more popular social networks.

I find the interface kind of ugly and clunky and not intuitive. I found my way around quickly enough, but I think a non-computer-geek would be at a loss, thinking, what is this thing and what am I supposed to do with it?? The three-pane design makes it look like a desktop application, which I think people would find confusing. And the fact that every time you click on anything there’s a JQuery fadeIn() – why????? Aaargh. It basically simulates a slow Internet connection.

But those are quibbles, and easily fixed. I’m excited about this thing, and looking forward to playing with it more.

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