Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Google reader

There is a new RSS Reader available. I'm sure a new one is released practically daily, however, this one has been released from the behemoth Google.

Check out more information about it at the Google Reader Blog.

I have not decided yet if I like it better than NewsGator or not. I have imported all of my feeds, which was an easy task.

From NewsGator I had to select My Settings, then view the Edit Locations tab. The OPML link was at the top. I was able to open it and save it to my PC. Then I could upload it into Google. This is fine for me, but it's a bit more complicated for anyone not as technical.

There are some things that I like with the Google reader.
1. I like the ListView. It lets me read just the heading. For my sports feeds, that is all that they have anyway, so being able to get them all in a smaller space is nice. I can pick the ones that I want to go to the site and read, and which to ignore a lot faster.
2. I like the folder organization. It is a nice clean look.
3. I like being able to select veiw all and get back to something that I've marked as read.
4. I think I will like being able to star the articles that I find particularly interesting, especially the technical articles. I haven't used this yet, but I am guessing that it will work similar to Clippings in Newsgator.
5. Keyboard shortcuts. I hate the mouse, and wish every website that existed would spend a ton of time creating keyboard shortcuts.

Even Google is not perfect. There are some things that I do not like.
1. Google still does not use Ajax style functionality. The important toolbar type of links at the top of the page scroll off when I am looking down the page.
2. I cannot drag a feed into a folder. Sometimes I'm lazy when I add a feed. I'll add it in my general aread because I don't know if I want to keep it or not. Then after I've been reading it for a while I like to move it to a folder that it's related to to keep things organized. As it is now I cannot drag the feed to a folder. This functionality does exist for me in NewsGator. Google's solution involves opening the "Manage Subscriptions" page, selecting which folder to put it into and then going back to Google Reader to see the updated structure.
3. Google Reader does not refresh as rapidly as NewsGator. I have dug around and cannot find a setting that would affect this. Basically, during the writing of this post NewsGator found 5 new articles, Google Reader didn't find any of them. How much longer am I going to have to wait with Google to be able to read what is already available?

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