The Oaks Ignore Their Pleas

Google Reader, Part II

Posted in Google by Jeff Graves on January 22, 2007

OK, so after a rough start, I finally got going with the Google Reader, and so far, I’m impressed.  It took me a few minutes to get the “lay of the land”, and I’m quite sure that I’ve got a lot to learn about the advanced features, but the product is definitely a “Google product”.  I really like the Ajax-y feel to the product, the way that portions of the screen refresh without that annoying total white screen.  I also really like the “All Items” view, where you get all of your unread entries from all of your feeds in a single window, and the entries are automatically marked “Read” as you scroll past them. 

I also really like the “shortcut” keystrokes that Google has provided to help navigate the torrent of posts that come with subscribing to dozens and dozens of feeds.  The “j/k” combination that allows you to step forward or backward through posts one at a time, and the space bar allows you to page through multiple page posts. 

At this point, I’ve got about 70 feeds that I’m subscribed to, and on an average day I’ve got about 200 posts to review.  This evening, being a weekend, I browsed through about 70 posts in about 40 minutes, while watching the Patriots-Colts game.  While I don’t have any statistics on how long it would take me to do the same on Newsgator, perhaps I’ll try a few unscientific studies this week, and compare the performance of the two tools. 

There’s still a lot I need to learn about the Reader, but so far, I think that the tool definitely makes it easier to sift through the blogs that I’ve subscribed to.  I’ll be sure to report back as things develop.


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