MyYahoo! you’ve lost me for good

by Frank Fuchs on November 9, 2007

I’ve used MyYahoo for more than two years now on a daily basis to monitor and read 80+ RSS feeds.

New layout without favicons in the back

And even if it wasn’t the one online RSS reader with the biggest set of functions and options I liked it because of its simplicity and because using websites and services over time is turning into being a habit and these are not so easily to be changed.

But today is the day where I’ve decided it is about time to change. Why? For once the NEW MyYahoo has been rolled out and it didn’t address any of the issues I have had with the old version. Actually my feeling is that it only got more shiny and singing and dancing – a “look what we can do” sort of service and not a more useful customizable service – but then MyYahoo is not only a RSS reader and what I use it for might just be abuse – however I used it as a RSS reader and it just doesn’t satisfy me anymore.

There are mainly three reasons.

  1. The latency – Somehow the feeds do not update in real time, and even worse it takes hours for certain feeds to get updated. So when I go to some sites listed in my feeds, I’ll see that there is already new posts available since hours without this being displayed in MyYahoo.
  2. Easy orientation – The new MyYahoo does not have the favicons next to the feeds anymore. Thats bad guys! Without them I have no way scroll down the page quickly and find the feed I’m looking for right away. Why would you make me read the site title to identify the site?
  3. Categorization of feeds – I do read loads of work related stuff but there is quite a few feeds I have in my reader that do relate to other areas. Another example is the frequency of reading – I want to have a folder with less important stuff that I will only visit when I’m bored at the airport…

Now I want to stay with an online reader. Many friends use offline tools, but I use too many different machines and devices to settle for an offline application. I’ve figured I’ll give Bloglines another try and the Google reader, cause from what I’ve seen so far they will provide me with what I expect from an online RSS reader.

By the way if someone should feel the same way there is a way to export your RSS feed subscriptions from MyYahoo! as OPML. Just paste this URL into your browser.

And you are good to go.

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