Vale Google Reader; Hullo Tiny Tiny RSS

With a month to go until one of my favourite Google services is rendered for glue, I’ve been inspired to hunt for a replacement!

The inspiration came in the form of a reminder about all of my treasured Google Buzz content, and how I might want to back it up before it died. I don’t want to, of course, but it did remind me that Google were killing Reader because they are utter bastards.

Sure, I could switch over to feedly or pay for feedbin or something like that, but I do have a bit of a penchant for rolling my own when it comes to web services. And I do pay for this VPS every month.

Upon poking around, I found an open source web-based RSS reader – Tiny Tiny RSS. Developed since 2005 by a deeply sarcastic Russian, and all full of tasty AJAX, I thought it might foot the bill.

So, install it I did! A little wrestle with PostgreSQL later, an import of my feeds from Reader, and the addition of a Fever API emulator plugin then – voila! A fully featured, super quick, can’t-take-it-away-from-me-capricious-online-provider type application, syncing with Reeder on my phone. And what’s more, an hour or so of my time debugging the Fever API emulator has fixed its compatibility with Postgres.

Look! Ain’t it pretty?

Tiny Tiny RSS

Anyway, yes, very geeky but I’m pretty pleased.

Good old creepy Facebook

Sure, I was only cursing them out 5 months ago, but having undergone Facebook Re-education I now love big brother.

Actually, I’m kind of torn by the Facebook Connect stuff that’s popping up all over the web (including just to your right over there). On one hand, hooray for sharing stuff with everyone. On the other hand, It’s really weird seeing my face pop up when I visit random websites.

And I’m just not so sure about the fact that ol’ Zuck the sociopath seems to have hoovered up control of a gigantic slice of social interaction on the Internet. I’d love to see people diversifying a bit – maybe getting on Twitter for the chatty type stuff, Flickr for photos, I dunno. But it’s so convenient to have it all in one place. Most of all, it’s so convenient to only need to maintain one set of connections with people.

It’s the most powerful asset that Facebook has – your friend list. Just try exporting it. The Facebook police will be round at your house with rubber hose and phonebooks in no time.