Creating Default (Pre-Configured) List of Feeds
Let me start by saying that I haven't been as excited for a new product/service/gadget as I am about Vivaldi Mail/Feeds/Calendar. I was a pretty early adopter back in the beginning of 2016 and I have been looking forward to M3 for SO LONG!
I sincerely hope that the Feeds portion of M3 is not underutilized. Not only is this an integral user interface experience but from a company standpoint there is the possibility of future monetization by having media outlets pay to be listed in a potential default, pre-configured set of Default Feeds.
Of all of the features Opera has there is only one that, imo, is a vital part of the browsing experience that I feel is missing from every other browser and that is "Personal News". I would not use Opera if you paid me to but I take a look at it every now and then and "Personal News" is a UI/UX implementation that Vivaldi should strongly consider emulating.
- "Feeds" should be able to be listed on the Start Page (like Calendar).
The current design of Feeds makes it barely usable for me. You have to click mail, scroll down to Feeds, click on the Feed and view it. If, like me, you have a ton of Custom Folders, this makes it complicated.
Feeds should absolutely have some kind of Web Panel integration if possible but I feel the focus should be put on integrating Feeds into the Start Page to provide a magazine style unlimited scroll feature that can be turned on or off by the user.
- Allow Grouping of Feeds.
Right now when you click on Feeds in Vivaldi Settings it gives you a list of your current Feeds. I think the Vivaldi Team should strongly consider allowing Grouping of Feeds rather than just lay out a list of all Feeds.
In the event that an Opera-style "Personal News" type feature were released on Vivaldi then Feeds could potentially allow for a magazine style unlimited scroll feature that can have a Unified, Group (Arts, Entertainment, Technology, etc) and Individual Feed View.
- Default Feeds and Misinformation.
Vivaldi does a whole ton of good for the world.. it really, really does. I am a political activist and so much of what I am able to do is dictated by what Vivaldi allows me to do. I wouldn't be anywhere near as efficient and productive in this role if I didn't have Vivaldi.
One reason to consider setting up a list of Default Feeds for users to choose from (rather than forcing them to search for a feed and hoping they find it) is the constant environment of being exposed to misinformation and disinformation.
By setting up a list of blogs/media outlets for users to choose from out of the box Vivaldi would be helping to fight misinformation and disinformation by ensuring that (by default) users would be exposed only to factual information.
This doesn't mean a user couldn't go and add whatever source to their feeds list that they wanted but it would absolutely provide a reference point of trusted authorities on important issues like news, technology, health, and science.
- Default Feeds and Monetization.
Beyond the amazing additions Feeds will provide to the overall user experience and the positive change that can be attained through fighting disinformation, imo, Default Feeds also provides potential monetization.
There is no reason for Vivaldi not to consider charging a fee to list a company/blog/media outlet in a default list of Feeds.
In closing I strongly urge the Vivaldi Team to consider my recommendations. I am a long-time user of many years, a political activist, and someone with a computer science degree. These seemingly small feature implementations have the potential to provide improved user experience, benefit society, and increase revenue.
I gathered a list of about 60 feeds last night. It isn't organized at all right now but if the Vivaldi Team gave me any guidance (or forum users indicated feeds they would like) I would love to put together a separate post for the URLs of popular feeds.
PS: Anyway to Export Feeds right now?