I have been a faithful user of Feed on Feeds for about a year. I thank Steve Minutillo for all of his hard work and dedication and I was really pleased with the experience while it lasted.
However, with the increased load on my server, the 250 odd feeds that I tracked every hour and my goal to save all feed information, FoF was just killing my server for hours at a time. An hour was not enough to parse through the list of feeds and F0F would start a new update process while the old one was running, thus effectively DoSing itself. Time well spent with a great product but now I need to move on.
I have tried other aggregators and have had various levels of success. I just love FeedDemon but I miss the ability to view feeds online and I simply cannot lug my laptop around everywhere (and it does not work on Windows CE). I have tried Bloglines (which is what I have resorted to using at this time) but there were some features in FoF that I sorely miss such as the ability to look at a digest of all updated feeds in a coherent and succint format and then “mark read till here” from FoF. The interface to Bloglines is zippy but too many doodads ruin the experience. Newsgator is just weird. They tout their product more than anything else and it seems like it is aimed more towards the novice than the power user. NewzCrawler is another client, no dice.
The Wikipedia page on News Aggregators is very full of information but those are just too many to try. I have thought of digging into the FoF code and cleaning up some of the hangups and writing a python or perl collection module for it, but that would not happen in an evening. For now I am stuck with Bloglines until something better comes along or I either write something better or fix FoF to my “itch and scratch” liking.
What do you use for aggregation? Any products that really stand out beside the ones I have mentioned above? Is anyone thinking of writing something like FoF that is lightweight, fast and can keep up with volume?
[EDIT] I am back with FoF. It looks like there were some seriously borked feeds (including Feedster which has more than 200 errors from one of their feeds) and it had corrupted the mysql tables. I tried to repair/optimize but opted to export my feeds (thank God for backups!) and then re-import them back into a fresh FoF install. Now, I am updating 288 feeds in about 5 minutes and reading the rogue feeds in Bloglines Let them deal with the validation errors, they have more resources than I do.