Google Feed Reader Lauched...I Like

I have not been reading my feeds in a while, so I figured the launch of the Google Feed Reader would be a great excuse to start again :)

Unlike Nick, I waited a few days to avoid the user rush and associated launch problems, and found the Google feed reader rather useful. There are a few things I think that would make it better:

  • allow you to move the pieces like they do on the Google customizable home page

  • allow you to add in links or widgets near posts, for example a link to Google blog search for citations of a post
  • as Gary Price mentioned...they may as well have search on there. If local & maps are one and the same then blog readers and blog search should be one and the same, at least from a search company
  • for viral marketing I think they should also let you chose to make pieces or all of your subscriptions private or public, and maybe later also let you determine who you would want to share your subscriptions social cirles like with My Yahoo!
  • make the feed reader quick tour / FAQ section still easy to find without requiring people to log out

Although I have not used it much, I like their filters and labels concept better than folders, because many information streams can be classified in a variety of ways.

Published: October 9, 2005 by Aaron Wall in blogs


October 9, 2005 - 3:39pm

I think the AJAX prettiness gets in the way of real-life usability. Bloglines is exceptional in how it handles a ton of subscriptions. So far, Google Reader to me is not - The "lens" is slow and cumbersome.

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