I do blog reading both at home and at work as I’m sure many other people do as well. Or that is what I would like to do but I have around 200 feeds which I like to follow and I just don’t want to spend the time at home checking up on feeds I already read at work. I’m adopting a world view where time is the only real currency, and I really don’t want to spend any more of it managing the information flow than I already am. Thus I thought that I would shop around for services providing read synchronisation for my feeds, with the advent of online aggregator services like Bloglines and NewsGator Online I figured that there would be no problem finding what I was looking for.
How wrong I was.
FeedDemon is an aggregator client where support for both Bloglines and Newsgator Online Services was recently announced so my guess was that this would be the best place to start. Sadly I found a comment from Nick Bradbury who said,
“Joost, the way it works is that FeedDemon only downloads items you haven't already read in Bloglines, and when an item is downloaded in FeedDemon, it's marked as read in Bloglines. We considered one-to-one item synching, so that an item isn't marked read in Bloglines until you've actually read it in FeedDemon, but the added bandwidth consumption and performance cost didn't make this worthwhile, IMO.”.
I simply don’t agree with that statement. In this day and age where personal time is getting increasingly hard to come by, synchronisation is exactly the kind of thing which saves time by enabling people to access their information when they need it without having to think about where they access it from, or what they accessed so they can keep their home or office information up to date as well. The scenario is easily handled by IT and yet Nick Bradbury claims that the is no point in enabling it; why oh why should the user spend valuable time synchronising data?! I just don’t get it.
Microsoft recently announced the Microsoft Office Outlook Live service which I think goes to show that I’m not the only one thinking about this out there. Microsoft believes that people want to access their data wherever they are and they want their data to be as up to date as possible. I personally believe that it is only a matter of time before we see initiatives like synchronising music, video, and other large data stores. If not the entire data store then usage statistics such as play count, last played, play lists, and so forth for starters.