Unread Counts Come to FlowReader

We’ve got a small, but important update to share with you today. Unread counts are now available in FlowReader. When FlowReader was first built, we didn’t add unreads because we felt they often have a tendency to add unpleasant “unread guilt” and unnecessary pressure to what should be a fun experience. However, unread counts can also serve as nice reminders to check back in on your RSS feeds, keep an…

10 Features of Content That Goes Viral

  This is an original guest post by Isabel Wiliams of BizDb.  Content doesn’t go viral by pure chance. In fact, there’s a real science behind the incredible success of certain posts or videos – or so says  Jonah Berger, a marketing professor from the Wharton School of Business, who has spent years examining the phenomenon of content virality. “If you understand the underlying science of human behavior, you can predict…

What Is RSS and How Do I Use It?

Not sure what RSS is? It’s okay to ask.  We spend a lot of time on this blog advocating the use of RSS: fun ways to use it, why it complements social media networks, why it makes online reading easier. The list goes on. But we haven’t spent much time explaining what RSS actually is. One of the biggest obstacles RSS faces is that many people have no idea what it is…

How to Find Content Whenever You Need

Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with an idea for rich and shareable content. With so much of it being generated every day on the web, it’s not easy to offer something engaging and original. Fortunately, there are some smart ways in which you can help yourself in creating great content and ensuring that it’s completely unique. Here are four key tips for finding content ideas whenever you lack inspiration.…

Creative writer Chuck Mullen on RSS and what it was like trying to find a Google Reader replacement.     1) Would you consider RSS an essential part of your daily routine? Absolutely, it’s essential for various reasons. First off, of course, is my constant need to absorb interesting content. Being a creative writer, you need to stay in touch with industry trends, as well as know what the general consensus of the…

  We all have habits and daily routines, but we don’t always stop to think about their influence on our work, productivity, and, life in general. Still, when you think about famous authors over the years, it’s hard to miss the fact that all of them had (or still have) a daily routine that helped them come up with ideas and increased their overall writing productivity. For example, Mark Twain couldn’t write…

6 Resources to Get Rid of Writer’s Block

Lately, writing has been feeling more like a chore than a creative process. And this week has been one where I’m more interested in reading about writing better than actually writing. As a result, I’ve been in the mood to visit my favorite resources for inspiration. This is the best remedy I know when I feel like I’m about to get a really bad case of writer’s block. Here’s a…

Procrastination – the enemy of productivity. You have something important to get done. You keep putting it off. You wait until the last minute. You tell yourself you’re going to do it…tomorrow. Sound familiar? It sure does to me. We’re all guilty of procrastinating, and as many as 20 percent of us may be chronic procrastinators. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably also spent a lot of time exploring ways you can…

We’ve got some big news to share with you today: We’ll be removing Facebook in FlowReader this week. You may not have realized it, but on April 30, 2015 all apps that provide Facebook data to their users  will be automatically upgraded to the Graph API v2.0. What does that mean exactly? In this post, I’ll explain what these changes mean for users, apps that use Facebook data, and why we ultimately to decided that removing…