Google Reader condemned - is App.Net the solution?
Ernie Prabhakar stashed this in Web
Actually, app.net may serve as the basis of such a system; while it seems on the surface like a slightly late-to-the-party microblogging site, it is actually a social API, which implements Twitter-like messages, and also gives each subscriber 10Gb of storage; developers are encouraged to build new applications on top of this API. An application that stores a list of RSS feeds, keeps track of new, read, unread and bookmarked messages from them, and communicates both via a web page and an API for Reeder-like clients, whilst hooking into app.net's messaging and publishing features, may well be the killer application needed to provide app.net with a raison d'etre in a world where Twitter already has been done.
I hope so - this inspired me to bite the bullet and pay up for App.Net. Follow me there as @DrErnie. See also: http://thought-palace.tumblr.com/post/45328704590/how-to-build-an-rss-sync-system-a-brain-dump
Thanks for that link!
Problem Statement: Google pulled the plug on Reader, but you still want a way to keep the news-reader apps on your various devices in sync, so they all know what feeds you’re subscribed to and which articles you’ve already read.
Here’s what you do. I’ve built this before, as part of the OS X Syndication and PubSub frameworks...
I need to pay for app.net too. When I do I will follow you Ernie.
I'm skeptical that this will be really viable unless free. If there were a reasonable baseline fee for startups / companies to use it that supported free user use, that would be fine too. But it would have to be very reasonable.