Saturday, February 16, 2008

Google Reader's OPML support sucks, here's how to fix it

At my new gig I deal a lot with OPML files, and Google Reader blows at this, here's how to fix (Chris Wetherell, it's not enough that you lent me sound equipment for my wedding, now I expect you to do custom software work for me too ;->):

  • Allow me to view an OPML file on the Web live, as a folder, in Reader. I have an OPML list I have to reimport every couple weeks and it's annoying, I have to delete the old feeds associated with the prior version of the OPML file and then save the file to my hard drive then import the new feed then tag the imported feeds. The person sending me the file should just be able to update it on his Web server and the changes propagate instantly to Reader.

  • Tag or otherwise group imported OMPL instead of just dumping into my account with no way to see what's newly imported. This is so basic.

  • Allow me to export just a folder as OPML, not everything under the sun. And sharing on the Google Reader network is no substitute for this feature, my buddies/coworkers are not all on Reader.

  • Likewise, allow me to import just one (or N) sections of a particular OPML file.

  • Allow me to export a particular folder as OPML url, not just as a file.

OPML is one of those things that seems like an esoteric feature until you really, really need it and then you need it bad, working properly and smoothly, full featured.


CleverClogs said...


Have you taken a look at BlogBridge? They have taken support for remotely hosted OPML files to the extreme. You can subscribe to any OPML instead of needing to import it and you can synchronize any feed folder with a location on the web.

Very curious what you think of it.

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