I know there is a parallel thread about RSS readers, but this is about web-based solutions only, which have - until now - not really been covered in the other thread.
There are some decent alternatives for your desktop, but I'm still struggling to find a satisfying web-based solution.
I want something that
- gives me all posts in one overview (no need to go through different feeds or folders), one long list of headlines (absolutely required for my job) and
- uses a three-pane layout (preferably) and/or
- (at least) lets me see the major content when hovering the mouse over it.
- No clicking and no switching to a different view or window required to see at least the summmary of the message.
- It has to be possible to bulk discard posts to get them out of the view but easily keep selected messages by tagging, starring or clipping them.
- And it should be free and not plastered with ads all over the place.
I tried all the big three: Google Reader, Bloglines and NewsGator Online. None did what I wanted. I also had a look at Netvibes, Pageflakes and wanted to try Gobits, but couldn't register for the latter.
Google Reader comes close but doesn't give you the mouse-hovering summary and I couldn't figure out how to bulk discard the unwanted 95% of messages across all feeds while saving the few "good" ones.
Netvibes and Pageflakes separate each feed as a module and make you switch views to see the complete list, and that's still separated by feed. Pageflakes isn't bad, but has a strange list view and doesn't work on Safari or any other Webkit Mac browser.
For my personal needs/interests I'll probably go with Netvibes (or desktop apps for Win and Mac that both sync with Bloglines), but for work I need that "everything in one, easy to handle list" model.
I know there are other online readers out there, but I'd like to ask here before I do any more experimenting.
(Edit: I came across this too late, but what I mean by "all posts in one overview" is what Dave Winer calls the "River of News": http://www.reallysim...tion.com/riverOfNews
, i.e. a real aggregator.)