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  1. Mobile support

    Because you don't have enough things to do =)

    A mobile site or apps for the iPhone/Android would be awesome.

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      I agree. Native iPhone/iPad/Android apps are on the roadmap. On the way there I’d like to optimize the mobile experience of the existing web app as well. If I only had the time/resources… Thanks for documenting this idea.

    • Unread items counter for each category (custom ones too)

      It would be a real boost in UI to have an unread items counter near each category name (even the custom ones) + a small color/highlight customization panel to set the border of the unread items after each user preferences (or something similar on this idea).

      268 votes
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        planned  ·  17 comments  ·  Admin →
      • keyboard shortcuts

        keyboard shortcuts ala Google Reader?

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        • Allow viewing the full content of the post (text, pics, vids) within the app like Google Reader

          I don't see the point of an RSS feed it if doesn't let you see the entire content of a post, including text, photos, and videos like Google Reader. It would make the site much more functional and a competitive replacement for Reader.

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            Thanks for the suggestion. I agree. Obstacles here are 1) a lot of feeds do not deliver full texts, 2) displaying deep links in iframes doesn’t work well because a lot of publishers bust frames and take over the entire screen, and 3) after all in many cases it’s illegal. Google’s behaviour is just tolerated. Nevertheless, I am working on a good solution here, stay tuned. Thanks.

          • 123 votes
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              I am a huge fan of openness, interoperability, and free and simple export of data (you “own”).

              I am working on an export feature but the XML that’s going to be generated probably can’t and won’t be RSS, ATOM, RDF, or OPML formatted.

              Since Good Noows sources are/will not only be feeds but also website captures, API-delivered content, tweet streams and, at some point, potentially anything on the web, the exported XML will probably need to have a Good Noows namespace. I don’t even know yet if every resource will have an URL.

              I am going to figure something out. Maybe I can manage to develop an OPML export for the resources that fit into this.

            • night mode (white on black)

              I would like to read news in bed on a dark background.
              A good example is the Pulse news reader for the iPad by Alphonso Labs.

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              • 74 votes
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                • give yourself a round of applause

                  I just want to thank you for creating a real, viable alternative to Google Reader.

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                  • Give priority / weight / importance to feeds

                    It would be nice to have some sort of highlight feature or weight feature that gives more visibility to most important feeds in a folder. Sometimes i have feeds with a few post per week but that are very important and others that i dont care much. So it would be nice to have different color, font, header or a bigger "div" for news coming from "prioritized" feeds (you can give weight on settings using "stars" or + / -)

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                      We are not there yet but we are planning to make the system learn your personal preferences better (with thumbs-up/down at item level and sliders at feed level). Thanks

                    • 19 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for your message. Apologies for the delayed answer.

                        Great idea. A lot of people request this – including myself :) My problem are my limited resources. If I get new funding you will have the perfect newsreader app for iPad soon! I know that the web app version is currently not the right approach for tablet devices…

                      • Add additional filter capabilities

                        I have been using iCurrent as a news aggragator. You can enter specific sources and/or topics or a combination of them to filter content that you want. Can you add a feature that will filter a site based on specific topics? If I want to read Business Week, but only articles on Social Media, a filter would only give me those articles.

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                          Thanks for your message. Apologies for the delayed answer.

                          Great idea. Something similar is actually planned but I am afraid I wont be able to release such features soon. For now if Businessweek doesn’t offer a separate feed for Social Media, you can only follow their whole technology section, maybe in a separate topic, and filter your stream utilizing the search filter on the top right side of Good Noows. There you can also create tags. Another way would be to create a Google Alert for businessweek.com for the keyword Social Media and add the Google Alert feed to your Good Noows stream ( see http://alerts.google.com). Sorry, only workarounds, I know.

                        • Könnte man die Feed-Quellen von Freunden/ anderen Nutzern einsehen?

                          (z.B. mittels der E-Mail-Adresse die der jew. Benutzer Freunden/Bekannten weitergibt oder seine Liste veröffentlicht/ man danach (od. nach Interessen) suchen kann?

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                            Danke, das ist ein geplantes Feature. Nutzer werden ihre persönliche Zeitung, also ihre individuelle Zusammenstellung von Feeds, veröffentlichen können. Außerdem werden Nutzer Profile haben, die es anderen Nutzern dann ermöglichen, sie zu finden und einzuschätzen, ob ihnen deren Feed-Auswahl gefallen könnte.

                          • Improve the Twitter subscription

                            It's amazing, something so normal as to add a twitter subscription, it always gives me problems with goodnoows. Deppending om the weather, the day, i don't know...
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                              Unfortunately this is depending on the request limit of the Twitter API. Their interface is ridiculous and rejects our requests after we reached a certain limit per day. We have an idea how to circumvent this. Stay tuned please.

                            • Allow others to see *your* view and not default when you share.

                              Sharing the link only sends them to a new user's default screen. Not really sure why, but I want to share *my* chosen stream of content with my team at work. How to do this??

                              4 votes
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                                Thanks for your message. Apologies for the delayed answer.

                                If you send someone the URL from your browser’s address bar they will always arrive at the sign up screen. Currently the only way to share news is to post it into your favorite social network’s activity stream by using the small Share icon on the top right of every news story in Good Noows.

                                The feature I think you are looking for is actually planned! I want to enable users to share their whole Good Noows stream – their personal newspaper if you will – with their peers. But this is not yet possible.

                              • 3 votes
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                                • Add more countries

                                  I like what you are making here! But I do not want to read the Spain news just because I talk Spanish. If you could add more feeds according to countries and not to languages it could be nice!

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                                    You are so right! I know that you are not necessarily interested in El País when you are eg from Latin America. We’ll try to fix this asap. In the meantime you can of course manually add feeds from all your favorite sites. Thanks.

                                  • put most read topics/feeds at the top

                                    When you click on a feed it should keep track of the feed or key words in the feed so when new items related to it comes out they will be shown first

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                                      Thanks. We are planning to recommend articles to you that might interest you and also to give you the option of sorting your news stream accordingly – based on what you have read in the past and based on other factors. But we’re not there yet. Please bear with us. Cheers.

                                    • mp3s can be played within goodnows directly

                                      ..i love this feature in netvibes

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                                      • add the possibility of showing source filters in the left menu

                                        Basically, have the source filters displayed in the left menu, similar to Google Reader. This would limit the amount of clicking needed to view specific sources within the same folder/grouping.

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                                        • Ability to post to multiple social sites at once (from within Good Noows).

                                          I like to cross post to Facebook, Twitter and Google Buzz all at one time. It doesn't seem that the current setup allows for this.

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