FlowReader Combines RSS Feeds With Twitter, Facebook Feeds

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 5.27.52 PMHas 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 Google Play, and according to 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.

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.

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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.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Elle Sidell19 June, 2013

    Hi Nate,

    Thanks for your post on us! Our team appreciates hearing your thoughts on our service, and we apologize for any inconvenience you’ve been experiencing. We had a huge spike in traffic yesterday that has caused imports to be delayed, but we’re working on fixing it. I’d also like to offer a few clarifications to you and your readers about FlowReader.

    There are plans in the works for mobile iOS and Android applications, but the Flow Reader app that was mentioned is not affiliated with us. Sorry for the confusion! Additionally, we don’t offer any offline reading at the moment, but it’s an option that is definitely being considered depending on what we hear from our users.

    In regards to our filters – they are only simple filters at the moment. Users can choose to view all feeds together (including the newsfeed and timelines from Facebook and Twitter), or they can choose to view each stream of information separately. It’s also possible to view feeds in the reader by category or a single feed within a category. We want to build out on those capabilities and offer more extensive filters, and will be listening to feedback on the best way to approach this feature during this time.

    If anyone would like to share more feedback, suggestions, or problems with us – you can post directly in our feedback forum: http://flowreader.userecho.com/

    We’d love to hear your thoughts! We’re still working out some kinks, and we really appreciate hearing any and all feedback.

    Hope this was helpful for everyone – thanks again!


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