I’ve been using NewsBlur for a couple of weeks now and I’m really liking it, but… there’s one thing that keeps me from not looking around at other rss options. NewsBlur is quite slow overall (It has a lot of great features and I’m willing to accept a little delay in loading for those features, but I think it’s just out of proportion slow atm). But no probs there, it’s still new and I think it’ll get faster with every update.
However, what’s really starting to annoy me is that in focus mode the whole thing just freezes for over a minute (while typing this it’s frozen for 3 minutes already) when I select my biggest folder with over 1000 unread articles. It’s the folder where I need the focus mode the most because I will never read everything, but I’m forced to go into ‘all’ mode because that’s the only way it won’t freeze. Sometimes it just freezes my whole Chrome browser and i can’t even load other tabs. Sometimes it also crashes my Flash Player. So it’s quite unreliable in it’s current state. I think it has to do with the way NewsBlur selects the articles for focus mode. I think it loads all unread articles and it looks for the articles I like to read every single time again. So when there’s 1000+ articles it takes more and more time to filter all articles. Would be great if focus mode just stored the focus mode articles or something, only scanning the new articles when I load the site. And sometimes a trailer or something begins to play in an article that’s not among the focus mode articles and i have no idea which of the 1000+ articles it is (needle in a haystack). This is also a bit strange and confirms my suspicion that NewsBlur tries to load all articles completely which is really heavy and useless while I’m not even viewing them all. Maybe NewsBlur could load and scan the tags, author and title of articles first, so it can immediately throw out the thumbed down articles before loading the complete focus mode articles and only the neutral/grey articles when I click on that mode or something?
Hope there’s a fix for it because I love NewsBlur and I think it has great potential, but I just don’t like it when my browser freezes all the time and it takes so long to load.
Thank you for your time and effort!