Rojo review: Rojo

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Rojo is a go-anywhere, Web-based service with no software to install; offers good tools for sharing your subscriptions with fellow Rojo users.

The Bad Interface lacks polish; no preview pane for Web pages.

The Bottom Line Rojo is a respectable newsreader, but it's not our favorite. We like its community-oriented features, but competitors such as Bloglines are easier to learn.

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Rojo is a free, Web-based RSS reader that melds a conventional newsreader with a social-networking community. Like other aggregators of Web content, Rojo lets you subscribe to RSS, XML, or Atom feeds to stream news headlines, blog summaries, or even deal-of-the-day catalog listings directly to your Rojo account.

It took us a few quick minutes to sign up with Rojo and get started. Rojo let us immediately subscribe to popular feeds, such as the New York Times, and we were also able to search for more feeds by subject. For example, a search for feeds related to ecology retrieved only 41 items--quadruple what Google Reader found, but Bloglines turned up 383 and Newsgator Online dug up 68.

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Rojo is a free, Web-based newsreader that strives to create a community spirit by letting you tag and flag stories for other users to find.

Rojo's interface is straightforward, though slightly busy, with a list of feeds on the left, tabs on top to separate contacts and content, and a central pane that shows the latest stories. Using a Web browser, you scroll through Rojo's indexes of feeds, click a story title or a page link that interests you, and read the item in a browser window. We like that Rojo lets you sort stories by date, by subject tags, and by the frequency at which they're read--and of course, it lets you import OPML feeds from another newsreader. Yet these features aren't unique, as popular competitors do the same thing. However, the popular Bloglines does not support tagging, which makes Rojo the better choice if you like to seek and sort stories by subject. Rojo lets you save stories for later reference, but Bloglines allows you to save pieces of stories as Clippings--handy if you're doing research.

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Rojo

Part Number: SERVROJO Released: Apr 20, 2005

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  • Release date Apr 20, 2005