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…

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 Manage RSS Feeds in FlowReader

We recently tweeted about our Drag and Drop feature in FlowReader, and one of our Twitter friends suggested we create an animation or a blog post about it. Drag and Drop isn’t a new feature, but it reminded us that those of you who are new to our service might not know about the options you have available for managing your content sources. So, I decided to take this opportunity to show you how easy it is to…

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…

Read View: Faster, More Focused Reading

With the new Read View, you can now read fully formatted articles right in FlowReader for faster, more focused reading. Let’s take a look at how it all works! One of the features in our roadmap we’ve been looking forward to the most is Read View. As we’ve mentioned before, the inconsistency of RSS content was a challenge we couldn’t wait to tackle in FlowReader. RSS readers are personal, and we like to…

Happy New Year: A Look Back at 2014

It’s that time of year again! Holidays. Friends and family. And a time of reflection. We learned a lot in 2014! For our final blog post of the year, we wanted to take a look back at everything we’ve accomplished and highlight some of the awesome things that have happened this year.

After we launched FlowReader, we quickly discovered there were a lot of improvements that needed to be made. We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve been doing to grow as a service, and blown away by the patience and helpful feedback from our community! Our first year was spent on a complete redesign of our platform and stabilizing things behind-the-scenes to make sure we could deliver a better reading experience to you. But now, we’re…

In July, Six Revisions founder Jacob Gube unsubscribed from all of his RSS and took his reader to RSS Zero. We were interested in learning more about the results of his experiment and his daily RSS routine.  And even with his busy schedule, he very kindly agreed to take some time to answer our questions!  1) Would you consider RSS an essential part of your daily routine? How do you use it in your…

 Three updates to help you get more out of Flowreader! While you’ve been busy browsing, reading, and keeping up with your communities, the team has been busy working on some new features that we hope will have a big impact on how you use FlowReader. We couldn’t be more excited about the 3 new features we released earlier this week! And while we mentioned them in our latest Release Notes,…