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I use Google Reader, and I like it.

posted under category: General on May 24, 2007 at 8:00 am by MrNate

There was a question posted on the cf-talk list about feed readers. In an effort to make everyone exactly like me, I said I use Google Reader, and here's why I like it.

I find the shortcut keys essential, so much so that I keep trying to hit "j" when reading blogs on other sites to get to the next entry. I typically get a few hundred of entries a day, many of which I can go next, next, next right past, then star the deeper stories for later reading.

There's a "share" button on each story that kicks out a feed of its own here's mine). You can find a little widget on the left side of my blog with my latest shared items. I like the idea of sharing what I find that's cool, so there's fresh content on my blog even if I'm not writing anything.

Then there's the Google Reader tools on the iGoogle homepage - I use the Reader pod and have a few individual RSS feeds directly in their own pods. iGoogle is the first homepage I've used since yahoo circa 1996 - I had about:blank until about a year ago.

Perhaps the most fun and obscure feature of Google Reader is the Wii version. It makes reading my feeds simple and fun from the couch. This very responsive interface has naturally easy controls, which I love.

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On May 29, 2007 at 7:00 PM Rob Wilkerson (http://musetracks.instantspot.com) said:
I'm a GReader guy too. I'm on the bandwagon for most of the reasons you mentioned plus one: I use a PC at work and a Mac at home. It's just too damn much work to synchronize these things.

When I was PC-only (while dreaming of my first mac), I used FeedDemon. A fantastic reader, but the analogous Mac option (NetNewsWire) felt...I don't know...clunky somehow. Google's option got much better in it's second iteration and I've been using it ever since. No more synchronizing.

Centralized content is good. Having the ability to rock the keyboard while reading is even better. :-)
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