Why a Newsreading Client? · There are those, hardwired to Google Reader or some such, who genuinely don’t understand why someone would use client software at all. Google Reader is just fine, but I still haven’t seen anything that gets me the news anywhere near as fast or as flexibly as NetNewsWire. Well, and it makes offline catch-up very easy, but mostly it’s just about the speed. If you’ve got a job where you need to soak up a big news-flow without wasting much time, and you’re on a Mac, you really ought to give NNW a try.
Business Model · Why would you give away popular software? Quoting Greg Reinacker: “What we’re working to do is to saturate the market with our clients.” Which makes excellent sense; because they’re really in the server/service business.
Plus, they think they can do something interesting with attention data. Not the first time I’ve heard that, and it’s sure plausible, although I’m not sure anyone’s actually making much hay with it just yet.
But hey, thanks guys.