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17 October 2008

Trying tiny tiny rss as an on-line RSS reader

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As an avid RSS feeds user, I have been using Liferea on my desktop for quite a few years, but have always been frustrated that I couldn’t synchronize seamlessly its state (i.e. the feeds I have read or not, the feeds I have subscribed on unsubscribed to) across my computers, and even less so to my mobile phone.

Of course, I could have been using an on-line RSS reader and then have had the state preserved on the server-side, but I had always refrained from doing so for two main reasons:

  • I am quite reluctant to share the list of feeds I’m reading and the news items I’m most interested in with on-line services with scary privacy policies;
  • I am using my RSS reader often enough that I feared an on-line application wouldn’t fit my usage habits, in particular in terms of keyboard navigation through the feeds.

The ideal solution for me would be to use Liferea and have it synchronized with an on-line service I could reasonably trust.

I’m not there quite yet, but my current situation has improved and the future is looking promising.

First, I learnt that one of the Google’s Summer of Code projects this year was on bringing capabilities to Liferea to synchronize its entire state with Google RSS Reader, and it looks like the project was successful and has been integrated in Liferea’s development branch.

But while I was researching this, I also read the suggestion in a comment on that success to make it work with Tiny Tiny RSS, which I hadn’t heard about before.

It turns out that Tiny Tiny RSS is an installable on-line RSS reader (which alleviates any privacy concern I might have had), with a fairly powerful AJAX interface that makes it quite usable on the desktop, and which also provides a mobile-usable interface.

I have been using for the the past three weeks, and I must say I’m pretty happy about it; the interface isn’t always as reactive as I would like it to be, and it sometimes messes up the rendering of some entries, so it isn’t perfect, but it certainly is good enough for me to keep using it for the foreseeable future.

And maybe at some point, synchronization with Tiny Tiny RSS with land in a released version of Liferea, at which point I would probably switch back to it – unless the javascript performance progress that desktop browsers promise us make this not even useful?

One Response to “Trying tiny tiny rss as an on-line RSS reader”

  1. Prasinos Says:

    I am in the same situation as you, evaluating the open-source online feed readers. I have installed feed-on-feeds, gregarius and tt-rss. I cannot decide which I like better, gregarius or tt-rss. Gregarius seems more mature (with plugins, themes etc.) while tt-rss is actively maintained and the team behind it seems to have a lot of energy.
    There is also Temboz and GobbleRSS which I haven’t tried yet.
    I would be interested in your comments and observations.

    About synchronizing with Liferea: enable the “generated feeds” feature of tt-rss ( ) and subscribe to these feeds with liferea.

Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux ( is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.