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Old 03-03-2008, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Please provide me with constructive comments re: Viigo. I just don't get it.

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I know a lot of people love Viigo, but I just don't understand why. In all the threads I've seen where people ask for the best RSS reader, people respond with comments like "definitely Viigo!!" or "Viigo, hands down!!!!" Typically, in such responses, there is absolutely no reasoning given. Instead, people act as if the number of exclamation points is reason enough. [Wow, that person said Viigo was the best and used 10 exclamation points ... it must be good]. ;)

I am currently using Newsgator Go. There are some aspects of that program that I don't like, but it has one feature that I cannot do without ... sync'ing between desktop and BB. If I'm at home I can use Newsgator Online to read my RSS feeds. Then, when I'm out, I can launch Newsgator Go and it will only show me the feeds that I have NOT yet read. The opposite holds true as well.

With Viigo, on the other hand, nothing syncs. So, I can read practically every feed on my computer and, when I'm out, Viigo will show me all the stuff that I've already read. I then have to go through and manually find new stuff. That's quite a pain if you have a lot of feeds.

Also, with Newsgator Go, I can organize my feeds into folders. So, for example, I can have all my BlackBerry-related feeds in a single folder.

Those features are what cause me to use Newsgator Go over Viigo.

Yet, I rarely if ever see people recommending anything other than Viigo. I don't understand what is so special about Viigo. If Viigo really is the best, I'd like to use it. However, I just don't understand why so many people love it.

So, please let me know what makes Viigo so special.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Everyone has their favorites. I don't care to read RSS feeds on my PC and I like the UI of Viigo and the simplicity of it.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Everyone has their favorites. I don't care to read RSS feeds on my PC and I like the UI of Viigo and the simplicity of it.
What about Viigo adds to its simplicity? Stated differently, why would another reader be more difficult?

I'm just trying to figure out why so many people love Viigo. There must be something that I'm missing and I really want to know what that "something" is.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes I like the Viigo simplicity as well

truthfully it was recommended to me and I like it so far I haven't compared it to any others.

I only need RSS on my BB. I won't look at them on my computer
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I don't have much of a basis for comparison. I use bloglines on the computer and have been using the mobile site on my blackberry. Finally have tried viigo after continually seeing the good word here at BBF. After a day, here are my pleasant surprises:

* When viewing a channel the layout is like the bb message folder. I thought, wow, I wonder if the message shortcuts work here. And, wow, cool, they do.

* The channel alert feature, with key word function, and intergated with profiles looks like it could be very useful (but will have to see how useful it really is in practice).

* It is very simple, very clean, no frills for the sake of frills.

* It starts fast, updates fast.

* Getting bloglines and my yahoo feeds is just plain cool.

As I say, I haven't used other RSS readers on the blackberry except the mobile bloglines, so some or all of the above is probably not unique to viigo. Just things I liked on first impression.
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I don't have much of a basis for comparison. I use bloglines on the computer and have been using the mobile site on my blackberry. Finally have tried viigo after continually seeing the good word here at BBF. After a day, here are my pleasant surprises:

* When viewing a channel the layout is like the bb message folder. I thought, wow, I wonder if the message shortcuts work here. And, wow, cool, they do.

* The channel alert feature, with key word function, and intergated with profiles looks like it could be very useful (but will have to see how useful it really is in practice).

* It is very simple, very clean, no frills for the sake of frills.

* It starts fast, updates fast.

* Getting bloglines and my yahoo feeds is just plain cool.

As I say, I haven't used other RSS readers on the blackberry except the mobile bloglines, so some or all of the above is probably not unique to viigo. Just things I liked on first impression.
The channel alert features sounds similar to Newsgator's "smart feeds," so I don't think that sets Viigo apart.

Newsgator starts fast, but I certainly wouldn't say it updates fast. Sometimes the updates are rather slow. So, maybe that's something that sets Viigo apart.

Was Viigo the first RSS reader for the BlackBerry? In other words, is its popularity due to the fact that it was the first and people are loyal to it?
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Viigo advertised pretty extensively so they got their name out there. They have a very clean interface and an intuitive system for adding feeds as well as updating them.
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I prefer free news
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I think this is the type of program where you'll find people just prefer one over the other. I use Viigo. I don't use it everyday but I like it when I do use it. I haven't tried any others and it works well enough to a point where I don't feel like trying others.

IHMO, I think its popularity comes mainly from word of mouth and most just have it installed cause someone said, "You should use Viigo."

Maybe you should try it and just see which one you prefer? Just my two cents
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Personally, my favorite RSS reader is FreeRange. I am using both Viigo and Freerange right now, why? FreeRange is expensive. Instead of paying for the software once, you gotta pay the service annually. Which led me to Viigo, the next best thing. I also did use NewsGator but Viigo came closer to giving me the FreeRange experience but not close enough. I think it all comes down to personal preference. Not everyone reads their RSS feed on the computer and some do, so NewsGator syncing will work for those that read their feeds on the PC.
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I like BB-based feed reading. I read all my feed this way. I don't care for Viigo (at least in the currently released version) since it chokes on some feeds and its auto-update can take hours (or more) to bring in the latest feed. Who wants a news feed that's hours old? Apparently, the folks at Viigo think this is fine.

Viigo is advertiser sponsored, which is good (since it's free), and the ads don't seem too bad. Viigo looks nice.

I prefer Free Range, since it works on all my feeds and has the features I need. The downside is the free version taps out at 10 feeds. I've considered using both: FreeRange for those feeds that don't work in Viigo.

When Tango comes out, as long as they don't start charging, that'll be the way I'll go.
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I like BB-based feed reading. I read all my feed this way. I don't care for Viigo (at least in the currently released version) since it chokes on some feeds and its auto-update can take hours (or more) to bring in the latest feed. Who wants a news feed that's hours old? Apparently, the folks at Viigo think this is fine.

Viigo is advertiser sponsored, which is good (since it's free), and the ads don't seem too bad. Viigo looks nice.

I prefer Free Range, since it works on all my feeds and has the features I need. The downside is the free version taps out at 10 feeds. I've considered using both: FreeRange for those feeds that don't work in Viigo.

When Tango comes out, as long as they don't start charging, that'll be the way I'll go.
You can change the time on how often you want it to go out and check for a new feed. 30mins is the lowest though.

Imagine how much you could make if you could develop or just make a site that acted like Push email for RSS.. you don't have to constantly go check for updates, updates get pushed to you.
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You can change the time on how often you want it to go out and check for a new feed. 30mins is the lowest though.

Imagine how much you could make if you could develop or just make a site that acted like Push email for RSS.. you don't have to constantly go check for updates, updates get pushed to you.
Not quite. Even if you have auto-update set at 30 minutes, there's no guarantee that the server's feed has been update for several hours.

Viigo needs to provide a mechanism to go to the feed's source (i.e., bypass Viigo servers). It does this when you do a manual feed-specific Update, but not "Update All" or automatic update.
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And now we have a BBF sponsored/branded version!!

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Not quite. Even if you have auto-update set at 30 minutes, there's no guarantee that the server's feed has been update for several hours.

Viigo needs to provide a mechanism to go to the feed's source (i.e., bypass Viigo servers). It does this when you do a manual feed-specific Update, but not "Update All" or automatic update.
I had no idea that's how it worked, I figured viigo pulled directly from the RSS source page.
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I've always been confused about the "branded" versions. Besides having the sponsor's feeds by default and a logo, is there really any difference? Do branded versions omit all ads, except for the sponsor?

Does the sponsor get something out of this? Like, for every use of a branded Viigo, they pay for 2 cents?
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Nice :P Downloading that now...

if it only saved the previous feeds you had :/
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I had no idea that's how it worked, I figured viigo pulled directly from the RSS source page.
Nope. And, to my knowledge, FreeRange (which I currently use) doesn't either.

FreeRange seems to update more often for the feeds I use, however.
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I don't think there's much difference in versions. If you're a sponsor and people are using your branded version, just having your logo in there is a great thing. The sponsor's default feeds are overridden if you have a previous account anyway. The sponsor gets the advertising....I'm not sure of all the sponsor contract info.
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Nice :P Downloading that now...

if it only saved the previous feeds you had :/
If you have an account set up (account is free) then when you login you will have all your same feeds.
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