Bloglines are asking for some freedback. If you are too lazy to click through and read their post, “freedback” is basically your regular feedback, but which can be found in blogs by Bloglines stuff. If you want to complain about something, just blog about it and use “bloglines” and “freedback” words in that post. They’ll catch it. Or so they say.
As much as I like the concept of coining a term for this type of feedback, I hate this implementation. “Freedback” doesn’t really mean anything to me, and thus hard to remember and long to type. Maybe that’s because English isn’t my native language. I don’t know.
Now for some real Bloglines freedback… Things that I think need improvement:
- User interface. I have a few problems of my own, but I’ve added a few things to the list after pushing one of those regular users (read: non-technical) to use Bloglines. I can elaborate on this if anyone wants to hear (let me know).
- Feed fetching intervals. I’ve blogged about it a few times already. Almost none of my feeds are updated once an hour. Only the most popular (like Slashdot, and del.icio.us/popular) are close to that mark. Everything else lags behind. Sometimes for days.
- Little things. There are a whole bunch of little things that aren’t worth the whole post, but which are annoying when confronted over long periods of time. Tags is one thing. It’s 21st century already, and I just can’t live without tags. I am dying. Better integration with other webservices. Like LiveJournal for example. Why can’t my friends list be automatically synchronized with my Bloglines account? Things like these…
But despite all the changes that I wish to see made to Bloglines, it’s still the best alternative out there. I’ve tried them all (and keep trying) and none other service or application provides this level of quality, integrity, and stability. Seriously, keep it up guys!