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.