Hey guys, hope you had a great weekend! As for me, well, I probably worked the whole 48 hours On Friday, I heard about the news that Google is killing Google Reader (rss reader). It was an unfortunate news as it’s one my favorite tools. But then I thought, maybe it’s time to create my own reader with similar functionality.
I’ll be honest, I thought about creating something like this a few months ago, but it wasn’t just an RSS reader. My idea was much bigger, which will probably be phase 2 of ReaderLine. For now, I’m focused on getting the basics done.
At first I thought, oh it’s just an RSS reader, it should be easy. Well, not really. After getting into it, I realized how complex and cumbersome system it is. Managing all those feeds, pulling/refreshing, having user lists, plus a thousand other features is not so simple to create
This weekend was like a startup weekend for me, except I’m not building a prototype for the show, I’m building the actual product. Sometimes, I just have this urge in me to do it and do it ASAP. This was one of those times, my plan actually was to launch last night. But I couldn’t do it. It was like 2am and I still had another 3-4 hours of work to do. So I called it a day.
Here is a screenshot of the interface.
But not to worry, I still have plans to launch it in a day or so. If I can have the time after work today, It should be done and launched. Granted, my first beta isn’t going to be flawless or a complete product. But I want to get it out there ASAP.
My goal was really for it to have the following features:
- Simple interface
- Google reader like feed reading style
- Simple user registration
- Top Feeds section for everyone to see
- Subscribe functionality
- User created categories like Google Reader
- Import – this is the most important one. I want to import my google reader subscriptions. This will also create your folders.
That’s it, simple right? In the normal circumstances, this would have taken at least a month. But I don’t have a month, I had the weekend and it’s about 80% there.
I will need a few BETA testers to export/import their Google Reader feeds. Post a comment here if you can help me with that.
Thanks and happy Monday everyone!