Google Reader: I'm a Convert

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 11, 2006

I’ve been frustrated in my blog reading the past few months because my preferred method of reading RSS feeds, MyYahoo (quit laughing, Mike), broke once I tried to read more than about 100 feeds. I like MyYahoo, primitive as it is, because I can just go to one page for all my news, blogs, and many of the services I use hourly, and posts don’t disappear off the page as they do on so many other readers just because I happened to look at them once. (My memory isn’t good enough, so I often want to revisit posts I’ve already seen without going to the trouble of visiting each blog.) Problem is, MyYahoo still hasn’t fixed the problems with reading a large number of feeds.

So I tried the new version of Google Reader, and now I’m nearly sold. It’s a regular service for me now, because it has almost all of what I need, if not everything I ideally want. It has even won me over to the River of News method, because it’s just so darn easy to scroll through the posts quickly now. I’d still like a little more control over how I view the posts, but it’s more than good enough for me to stay current. It’s about time.

Reader Comments

Carlos

October 11, 2006 11:30 AM

If only they'd allow you to search through old posts. It bewilders me that Google wouldn't apply its core competency to a product that so sorely needs it.

Ken Leebow

October 11, 2006 12:33 PM

I tried Google Reader and quickly went back to Bloglines. While GR has some nice features, when bringing in each feed, I found it to be too slow. On the other hand, Bloglines' is instant.

Ted Shelton

October 11, 2006 8:24 PM

Of course the larger problem is not solved -- that most people don't know what an "RSS Feed" is, and really don't want to try and figure out how to use a "reader" at all. That is why the My Yahoo model worked -- albeit with a limited selection of sources. Perhaps someday you'll be the average example as opposed to the exception, with over 100 feeds. On the other hand -- reading 100 feeds every day is tiring and 1000 impossible. That is why we think people will want to have topical aggregators to pull together the news and highlight what is most important. For example, I found this article on Pamela Mahoney's Bee about Venture Capital: http://www.personalbee.com/261

Brian Offenberger

October 14, 2006 9:22 AM

NetVibes has a nice free service as well that you may try. We will be reviewing feed readers on our radio show ("Online Marketing with RSS Ray" on wsRadio.com) and website in early December, along with a preview of Microsoft Vista's RSS capabilities.

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