Search function?

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What about a search similar to the Google reader one?
Being able to parse all your feed in search of a single word could be great!
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This is a huge feature that is planned for sometime soon. But it is simply massive. I am prioritizing mobile clients as well as a new tutorial and inline classifier before search. It's there and I definitely want to get it in. Provided the iPhone app goes well, I'm thinking sometime this Summer or maybe in the Fall.

And it would be per-feed only, but that may be OK. Should it be able to search all of your feeds? That's quite a bit of processing work on the server end. Maybe for premium accounts only.
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I am a premium account holder, and I think that if you offer the feature, it should be for premium accounts (given the massive engineering effort), but that is has to operate across all subscribed feeds, not just single feeds or saved stores. That was the single most powerful feature of Google Reader, and it would be a shame to see any other free service offer such functionality before a premium service like Newsblur is able to offer it.
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I search my unread items with Windows ctrl-f command in the summary display.
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Tim Williamson

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That is not the functionality that most of the commenters are describing. We (or at least I) am describing the deep search functionality employed by Google Reader which ran across all feeds and all items at once (regardless of read or saved status.
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Most people already know how to use the search built into their browser. I'm sure you meant well, but this isn't what we want. Google isn't the same as loading every page on the internet and using the find command in your browser. :)
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For anything beyond CTRL-F, I use Yahoo Pipes. Unlimited filtering and aggregating of RSS feeds and then sent to your reader as one feed. Check it out.
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Good to hear this!
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Search all feeds is very valuable indeed. When I go searching, the question is usually "do I have feed foo...?" or "where did I see that feed item about foo...?"
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Those are two separate search functions. The search for a feed is a bit easier, but I'm planning to work on both soon. I have a few thing slated first: 1) ship the iPhone app (within a week), 2) customizations (story ordering, pane locations), and then 3) search. Social features are also on the list, but after everything else. I'd imagine within a couple months, if things works out.
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I'd like to see a search function too (I'm a new premium subscriber).
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coppolajj

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search would be awesome
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jhw01999

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I'm sure "search all feeds" (including content in old read items) is a massive undertaking, but that's something I want to use very often.
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Dmitry Erkin

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this is very valuable feature for me
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Honestly this feature is mandatory for premium accounts.
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Search is critical for me (all feeds, shared feeds, or individual feeds). This should be a feature of a premium account. Make it part of a second tier if necessary to pay for extra server load.
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I agree, this is one of should have feature. At least, newsblur sholud has all of similar feature as GR, then has its own.
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Are there plans to do this in the future? Or will I have to think of something different to search through my feeds?
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this is a huge feature for me .... a google reader defector.
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Any timeframe for the search function?
I have a premium account and I'm porting my stuff from google reader.

TheOldReader implements that already...
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Oddball suggestion: I currently have ~200 sites in my list; it'd be awesome if I could search not just for article contents, but on metadata associated with the site as well: feed URL, blog URL, title, etc.

(Use case: I'd like to search for feedburner URLs, and see if there are alternatives I can use for those particular blogs, before Google kills off that product too.)
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Yeah the lack of search really sucks.
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But how would search work? I'm new to Newsblur, so please forgive me if I am wrong about this - but my understanding is that Newsblur does not give me access to the entire history of all my feeds, but only a finite number of posts for each feed. So if I wanted to search for something I read, say, last year, would I be able to find it, if it were hundreds of posts ago? If not, what good would search be? Or am I misunderstanding?
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The ability to search multiple feeds is the feature I most want in a feed reader. It doesn't have to be all feeds (although that would be nice), but at least a subset of feeds. A common use case for me is searching feeds from multiple journals for several keywords. This might be 20-30 feeds so searching them one by one would be time consuming. Generally this would be for a project of limited duration or to answer a specific question. This is different from training feeds on a set of topics that you regularly want to see.
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I agree on 100%! For monitoring purposes and following hundreds of feeds, such a search function is clearly a must!
The (only?) missing functionality on a platform I do not hesitate to recommend to my colleagues and friends! ;)
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I can't even describe how disappointing it is that NewsBlur doesn't contain functionality to search feeds. Coming from GR and several aggregators before it, I thought this function was a basic commodity and blindly put down my cash for the premium service because I have a lot of feeds. Imagine my surprise that the search doesn't exist. I absolutely have a responsibility to understand a tool before paying for it and will take that accountability, but expecting a search function seems pretty reasonable to me. I've now been a paid subscriber of NewsBlur for a week now and am seriously thinking about a prorated refund.

Is there a timeline for this functionality to be added?
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No timeline, but you underestimate what a massive engineering effort it is to support search. The Google Reader engineers have publicly stated that search accounts for more work than all of the feed fetching and reading combined, as a tiny percentage of users use it. Anyway, I plan to offer search for saved stories and shared stories at some point, but feed search is unlikely to come anytime soon.
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Really? I guess I need to spend my money elsewhere.
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tigren zhang

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thanks, saved storied search is enough for me
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Kilna Anthony

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You're never going to have this as a feature? I assumed it would be there, since, you know, it's such a core feature for something that aggregates digital information.
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You are always posting cool technical info about development on newsblur, I'd love to read a post about what it would take to add search
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I disagree. I have a degree in computer engineering and computer science, I personally know exactly what it takes to perform and support search on feeds. It is not a prowess of engineering. You don't have to make it as google does to make it useful.

What do you base your asumption on the "few" amount of people that use search?

Moreover, those who paid, such as myself, for a $36 subscription in order to support your project are not getting their money's worth.

All your web application really does is beautify the whole reader thing. I thought it was cute; more importantly I thought it was useful. It turns out it's not.

Feed search is an important feature for those who use it. As is drag and drop.. also not implemented.

You are offering a paid service for something that doesn't offer anything close to what google reader offered for free. What's the incentive. TheOldReader, does the search just fine and it's free. You just made it pretty.

It seems that what seemed to be promising turns out to be more of a school project.

I deeply regret paying for a subscription, it was definitely not worth it.
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@Jamil: Seeing as you have so much expertise, and know exactly what it takes to support search on feeds, I invite you to visit [https://github.com/samuelclay/NewsBlur], fork the repository, and implement search. Several people above have expressed interest in the feature, you could even stand up a host with your fork, and make that $36 back.
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I built the front-end for search a while back. It's enabled for admin accounts (and I can search my own saved stories), but it doesn't scale and is enormously expensive. I'll get back to it soon enough.
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Samuel, Jamil is obviously a little emotional and has some misdirected anger. He's definitely not pursuing this in a productive way. Still, the basis of his argument shouldn't be made any less invalid for it. Search is a necessity, no matter how difficult it may be to implement. When there are many other free alternatives out there such as The Good Reader that have this functionality implemented, it should be a given that your premium service contains it.

Thanks for listening.
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EXACTLY !!!

but for today i'll be happy if you just fix text view :(
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Wow. Just.... wow. I mean, I'm here because I would love to have search as well. I mean, I'm looking right now for a posting to Oro's blog that was oh sometime in the last two and a half years, about a record of Benin funk music, by a guy whose name doesn't even appear in Google Search but once, and ....

Yeah, I can see that the need for this is completely sporadic. Hopefully as sporadic as the total dooschitation (sic) displayed above. Hopefully he won't come back to let us know how things are going for him (without an apology anyway)

P.S. If you have ANY PROBLEM getting my auto-renewal (wife lost credit card and it was replaced) contact me because your site is worth it to ME.
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yup if you could add search among saved stories it would be great ! :thumbsup:
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I'd like to throw my voice behind the need to have a comprehensive search feature in newsblur. I find myself pining for a search feature similar to what GReader had; A search across all my chosen feeds.

While I could adapt to NewsBlur and use something less than optimal, I feel as a paid user, this feature is important to me.

love,
shmoo
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I bought my premium account assuming it would have this feature... It is such a basic thing, I figured there was no way it didn't have it, I must just be using it wrong.

I now keep going back to Google Reader every time I want to search. Please put this to the top of the stack of features, this is a basic core necessity for a Reader replacement.