Monday, January 16, 2006

Google Reader

Google Reader 2
Originally uploaded by ricklibrarian.
Last week I became aware of Google Reader, a new aggregator for reading any RSS feed content. To my surprise, I already had an account, as does anyone else who has a Google Mail account. I subscribed to several of the feeds I already read through Bloglines and sat back a few days to see what would happen.

Google Reader seems to be pretty easy to use. It was easy to subscribe to feeds and easy to read them. From the main page, all the most recent content from all the feeds is together. Click the "your subscriptions" tab and you can look at one feed at a time. Unlike Bloglines, the items seem to stay on the list after you read them. Could it be like Google Mail with vitually unlimited storage?

Google Reader is a more private tool than Bloglines. Bloglines lets you share your feedlist with others. Bloglines also tells you how many others are subscribing to a feed.

You can forward content to a blog or as email. You can can also add labels (tags) to the items to help you find them later.

I do not know if there is anything else you can do. There are no instructions or help page.

If you already have Bloglines, there is no reason to switch. If you are new to reading blogs through an aggregator, it is easy to set up and use.

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