I first shared the news of Google Reader’s demise (and my alternative) already and it feels like forever and ago since the original announcement dropped.
At this point I really hope you’ve moved over to a new service. Feedly has since been iterating on their product like mad dogs and have even launched just the other day their cloud-based solution that’ll ensure continuity and the continuing availability of your RSS reading pleasure.
But there are some WordPress-centric solutions that you may want to consider as well – take for example this service which is getting more attention every single day:
PressForward is an organization and solution that hopes to provide an alternative solution to the RSS dilemma. The project goals are as follows:
- Retrieve items within the WordPress dashboard as an independent process (no required attachment to external servers)
- Retrieve their full content to read from within WordPress’s dashboard.
- Allow individuals or groups to mark items for consideration and discuss them within the dashboard, either from the retrieved items or via bookmarklet.
- Easily post about retrieved items as the end point of a smoothly integrated editorial process.
- Provide the entire process in a attractive, responsive and mobile friendly design.
- Provide an open source back-end that is easily extendable for other developers and that can be hooked into by other independent WordPress plugins.
Currently in BETA, the plugin is at it’s most basic a feed reader but then you can see some of the more neat opportunities like the ability to share and discuss the articles and then blog them as an integrated editorial process, although as one blogger mentioned, it may not be the best for a single-author blog:
PressForward is not a good recommendation for single site authors looking to replace their desktop or service based feedreaders with something that exists within WordPress. However, this is definitely a plugin to keep your eyes on if you’re the owner of a multi-authored website that covers specific topics and would like an easier way to collaborate with others on different stories.
Now that’s something that could seriously be worked into some blog’s editorial workflow! Although I have a workflow already for capturing content I see how this could work at the WP-level in some way (although I’m already a super-fan of EditFlow.
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