After a couple of weeks giving Feedbin a trial I have made the switch to using this service as my main RSS reader software.
Since Google closed Google Reader I have played around with a variety of services, initially using a combination of Feedbin and Fever, and then moving wholly over to Feed Wrangler. After a couple of years of happily using Feed Wrangler I decided to give Feedbin another go – mostly because of the fact that it will be the first RSS sync service that will be supported by the Evergreen project.
After using the trial for 13 days, I made the call to switch back over completely to Feedbin, and am once again using this as my main RSS reading service, using Reeder on the Mac, iPad and iPhone. I also love the Feedbin browser experience, and am using that on Windows.
Advantages of Feedbin
- Browser experience. Its a simple yet highly functional experience.
- Share & Save functions – including to Micro.blog (from the browser version).
- Cleaner handling of title-less posts. Micro.blog style posts don’t necessarily have a title, and the experience of reading these in Feedbin feeds is far tidier. In Feed Wrangler you get an “[Untitled]” title. In Feedbin there’s just not title there – even in third party feed reader apps1.
- Updated posts. In the browser version you can view and review posts that have changed.
- Fast syncing. To date, the syncing on Feedbin seems much faster than I’ve experienced on other platforms.
- The native app doesn’t try to replace third party apps, but instead offers unique Notifier app, integrating nicely with the Apple Watch.
- They accept Apple Pay. A nice touch.
On Par Features
- Support of and by third party reader apps. Extensive and on par with Feed Wrangler.
Disadvantages of Feedbin
- Cost. An annual subscription to Feedbin is about twice as expensive as one to Feed Wrangler.
So Feedbin is my RSS sync platform of choice for the foreseeable future. I am really enjoying it, and look forward to using it with Evergreen on macOS.
I’ve only tried this on Reeder on both macOS and iOS, but assume this must be a function of the feed itself. ↩