Good Noows feed reader – Beautiful but Slow.

Posted on March 12, 2011



The Good

Good Noows is a new RSS feed reader with slightly sexier visualisation options than we’re used to. There are ten visualisation options.

My favorite views are called Intelligence Dashboard and Blog Blocks.

Blog Blocks view in Good Noows

Intelligence Dashboard view in Good Noows

When you sign up, Good Noows walks you through a simple, if a little slow, setup in which you choose the sources you’d like to appear in each of their default “topics” – Headlines, Politics and World, Business and Finance, etc.

After setup, it’s easy to add custom sources and custom topics, giving Good Noows all the organisational flexibility we’ve seen in most other readers.

One thing we typically don’t see is that Good Noows doesn’t offer its own user accounts but prompts readers to sign in with their Twitter, Facebook, Google, Meebo, Windows Messenger or AIM accounts. Or all of them.

The seedlings of social integration they’ve planted are pretty slick. It’s the first feed reader to offer live chat within the app walls and sharing articles is a total walk in the proverbial digital news park.

The Bad

Good Noows is extremely slow (let me reiterate: painfully slow) when you put more than five or six sources in one category, and even then it’s no Usain Bolt.
The screenshot (left) is from the top bar of my Good Noows page and those menacing pending bars (bottom-left of screenshot) are something you see a lot of.
Good Noows is so slow in fact, the first thing I did was elect to “hide” all the default topics, instead creating my own topics and adding only a few sources.

What this means is Good Noows has become my go-to place for scanning headlines from small collections of my favourite blogs, reading the posts that interest me in the Good Noows viewer (where available) and sharing them if need be.

I use it everyday because the feed visualisations are really, really attractive. But I spend far more time in Reader, Google News and the mobile apps for individual news sites because Good News can simply not handle anything close to what I’ll call aggressive news consumption.

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