I didn’t think that I could get this frustrated and upset with a site…but that’s what it has come to. Maybe it’s because it is a site I rely on nearly every day of the week for 10+ hours a day, but I now officially HATE the new Bloglines AJAX upgrades.
I’ve posted for quite some time about my love for Bloglines (examples: 1, 2, 3, 4). I even tried NewsGator after NetNewsWire got bought by them, and they stunk. Google Reader was HORRIBLE under this new update. I have pretty much used every single web based RSS reader around. Until a few days ago, Bloglines was the best.
I do have to point out that I subscribe to a LOT of blogs. I’m the 13th most prolific RSS subscriber according to Dave Winer’s Share Your OPML, at over 1,700 blogs. That is only the ones I list publicly. I’m well over 2,000 in total.
So, when I look for a reader, I want it to be quick, responsive, and able to be sync’d anywhere I am logged on. A web based solution is the best for me, so I can use any computer and all my subscriptions are up to date. I don’t really care about a mobile solution, as that I’ve never cared to read my feeds on the go.
They recently updated their site to be more AJAX-y. This included an automatic refresh about every 5 minutes. Before this update it would refresh but less often and the entire left frame would upload. Now it uploads without loading the entire frame with new items. It’s nice and flashy and…SLOW!!!
Every 5 minutes when Bloglines goes to refresh, I get error messages from IE and Firefox that a script is taking too long, and do I want to continue to run it. Now this happens because of the LARGE number of feeds I subscribe to. This happens on my Core Duo 2.0Ghz MacBook with 2 gigs of ram, and 3.0Ghz Dual Core PC with 1.5 gigs of ram.
The entire Firefox browser (I only used IE to test this out once but it does the same) locks down and appears to of crashed. The CPU usage goes up to 100% on my machine, and I’m pretty much locked down from doing much of anything.
When this refresh happens, video gets out of sync with the audio, anything inside of Firefox that is playing/loading stops…it literally locks down my system for 30 seconds to a minute. I even had to close Bloglines to write this post, lest I be stopped mid-thought every 5 minutes.
Well lots of folks (like Josh Bancroft, Matt Cutts, TUAW, Lifehacker, etc) are trying out the new Google Reader, so why shouldn’t I? I did. It took God knows how long to import my subsciptions because the page never updated. I simply closed the browser the next day and logged in.
It was SLOW!!! Slower than Bloglines. When I switch between feed items, the wait is about 10 seconds. Bloglines, it is instant. To collapse a folder, another 10 seconds. Also, when I viewed the items, they weren’t marked as read. I had to click on a Marked as Read link. Bloglines does this automatically.
So, what choice am I left with? I am still using Bloglines for the time being, but I think I might have to switch to an application based solution soon. NetNews Wire is great, but I need a good PC solution as well. Robert Scoble is visiting the Google Reader folks later today, maybe he can tell them that people with a large number of feeds need a faster solution.
BTW, Google Reader was updated slightly yesterday, but it’s still slow as nails for me.