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Feed Demon Issues… Hello Google Reader?

An original user of Google Reader, some months ago when NewsGator decided to make its products free I decided to switch over and give them a try.  I’ve been using Feed Demon for a while now and have been more or less happy with it.

The scary part about switching to a new feed reader for me is establishing a level of trust in it.  The Most Important Thing that a feed reader has to do is to get me all the content.  It can’t miss posts.  It can’t drop ’em.  If it got posted on a feed I’m subscribed to, it better show up.   And a couple of weeks ago I started getting suspicious of Feed Demon.   I’m subscribed to Andy Osenga’s blog feed and his comment feed, and comments started coming through for posts I hadn’t yet read.  The blog feed looked OK in Feed Demon, it just wasn’t updating.  Strange.  I unsubscribed and re-subscribed to the feed and then it all seemed to work OK again.

Fast-forward to today.  I was reading through comments from Geof Morris’ blog and realized…  I’ve never read that blog post.  I went over to and found out that I’ve missed at least 10 days worth of posts from Geof. Not good. Not good at all.

Feed Demon has a version 2.6.1 Beta available, and I might just give it a try… but for now I think I’m going to return to my trusty friend Google Reader. I exported OPML from Feed Demon, imported it back into Reader, and everything worked very nicely. It imported my 400-feed OPML file without a hiccup and managed to recognize duplicate subscriptions and not double-subscribe me. Time to give it another go.

In theory I still really like the idea of Feed Demon, what with it allowing local applications on multiple PCs to sync to the same online account, and allow web-based access, too. I’m also happy to have a non-Google alternative. (While I’m not a Google hater, keeping all the eggs from the same basket always seems like a good idea.) But if I can’t trust my feed-reader, well, sorry, it failed Most Important Thing #1.


  1. I’ve got a lot of my eggs in the Google basket, so you can take this for what it’s worth, but I absolutely love Google Reader.

    There are some features I’d like to see, but overall, it’s been great.

  2. Geof, yeah, Newsgator kept everything in sync. And really, there may have been something funky going on with the feeds that wasn’t FeedDemon’s fault… but I jumped ship pretty quick.

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