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Bloglines Mobile Tip: Turn on “Show Only Updated Feeds”

Here’s a handy tip for Bloglines users that I recently stumbled across. By default, Bloglines Mobile shows you a flat list of all of your subscribed feeds. I have my feeds organized into categorical folders. On the desktop, this makes my 600+ subscriptions easy to manage – I can expand an colapse the folders, depending on what I want to see. When browsing mobile, though, to keep the HTML simple and compatible, there’s no way to collapse folders, so I end up getting a long list of all 600+ of my feeds every time I hit the main page to read something. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that on the small screen, it takes a lot of scrolling to get to something further down the list, and on a slow wireless connection (before EVDO ;-), it’s got to load that whole long list every time you go to the main page.

So, go into your Account settings, under Feed Options, and turn on “Show Only Updated Feeds”. This will simply turn off rendering of any feed that doesn’t have any new items, making the feed list much smaller and more manageable. Less scrolling, smaller and faster page loads, and easier to see only the (new) stuff you’re interested in. The change will also apply to the full/desktop version of Bloglines.

I’ve only been using this for about a day, but it makes using Bloglines Mobile SO much more efficient it’s hard to believe. I feel like I can browse through and catch up on my feeds on my EVDO Pocket PC almost as fast as I can on the desktop. Give it a try, and see what you think!

EDIT: The folks over at LifeHacker apparently discovered the usefulness of this tip, too (though no mention of how much it improves mobile usage). The tips in article they link to are good ones.

My Bloglines experience is really only complete when I’m using Firefox and a few extensions – LiveLines (hijacks the Firefox “Live Bookmark” button. I configure to autodetect feeds, and let me sub in one click) and the Bloglines Toolkit, which gives me Bloglines options in the right-click context menu. You can find these most useful tools at the Bloglines Firefox Center.

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