Google Debuts RSS Reader

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 07, 2005

Jason Shellen of Google Labs is demonstrating the latest of the search giant’s gazillion services at the Web 2.0 conference: Google Reader. I’m just trying it out for the first time, but it looks pretty slick. You can import subscriptions from other readers (though not, as far as I can tell, easily import them from Web-based RSS readers, which I use), mail or blog items you’re reading with a click, and play podcasts with a built-in player. It’s ready to check out now if you already have a Google account.

UPDATE: Maybe I spoke too soon. I’ll try it out some more this weekend…

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Walt Campbell

October 12, 2005 12:35 PM

Seems you did speak too soon; the consensus on Google Reader seems to be a big thumbs down.

I'm a big Google fan and dutifully test drove Google Reader the moment I read about it. Ten minutes later, I had decided to stick with my current RSS aggregator, NewsGator.

Google Reader's navigational and interface oddities have been widely noted; as with their IM client, it's far from impressive. But whereas their IM client is at least no worse than the competition, the same can't be said for Google Reader.

Considering their lackluster recent products, maybe it's for the best that they're not publicly announcing plans to release their own version of OpenOffice.org.

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