Has anyone tried FlowReader?
This is a several month old Google Reader alternative that combines your existing RSS feeds (they can be imported) with the news stories that your friends share on Twitter and Facebook
, all of which can be read offline. It has the potential of combining a news junkie's personally curated news sources with the more random readings suggested organically by your social network.
Or at least that is what it could do. I've been trying to use FlowReader today, and I keep getting locked out. That's a pity, because this service offers some rather useful options.
Update: It turns out that the reading app and the browser based FlowReader are not related.
There's a FlowReader Android app in LifeHacker the app lets you filter content. You can chose to follow certain writers on a blog, or you can choose to filter out certain topics. If you don't want to read stories about Twitter you'll never see them., and according to
The ability to filter out content is a feature that I have often wanted but few news reader apps offer, so far as I know. And that is why I was particularly interested in trying out FlowReader.
I'm also really looking forward to the social news sources integration. I may not be active on Twitter much any more but I do still try to check out the news stories that are linked to. Sometimes they're useful leads, and I often reshare the stories worth reading as well as add them to the morning coffee post.
Unfortunately it looks like this service is having some growing pains. I have been trying to use FlowReader for the past several hours and access is at best intermittent. But I plan to keep trying; the possible benefits outweigh the problems.
The clever Twitter integration alone could make FlowReader worth the bother; it has the potential of saving me the hour or more a day that I currently spend sifting through my Twitter timeline, scanning for links. And the fact that it should lessen the chance that I will miss a story is just the cherry on top.