Finally, an outstanding online RSS reader

I have had issues with Google Reader (Google’s online RSS/feed reader) in the past but in the latest update to Google Reader, released today most of those issues have been addressed.

Google Reader

Lots of people are posting opinions on this from Marshall Kirkpatrick on TechCrunch to Robert Scoble on Scobleizer to Richard McManus on the ReadWrite Web and all the reviews are effusive in their praise!

I’m not surprised. This time Google seem to have got it right. The old “Lens” look of the old Google Reader was, to my mind, sacrificing usability for looks. Now, you have a reader with a simple, fast interface not lacking in functionality. It even has a river of news option with an infinite scroll. And if you liked the old interface you can revert to that in the settings page too!

Added functionality includes the ability to create folders, bulk delete subscriptions, star, share, email and tag posts.

Several commentators have pointed to the continuing lack of integration with Google’s Blogsearch but personally with the dire state that is in, I think this is a good thing!

I have been slow to recommend online rss readers in the past but I think with the new Google Reader that has just changed.

8 thoughts on “Finally, an outstanding online RSS reader”

  1. I noticed that bloglines just updated their interface. It now has a nice AJAX update feature but it’s not as feature rich as Google reader, as described above! I’ll have to give it a go methinks.

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  3. Hi Tom,

    I love the new Google Reader interface, very intuitive, all the right features in all the right places. Some of the big issues I have with Google Reader are:

    1) Subscribed feeds do not seem to be updated as often as Bloglines

    2) It doesn’t recognise some URLS – try to add http://www.ireland.com in Bloglines and then try in Google. If RSS penetration is to increase, it needs to be a lot easier to add new feeds to a reader.

    I’ve blogged about it myself on my blog

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    Site Name : Kedoya.com
    Short Description : Kedoya is an online community based RSS aggregator and reader . Kedoya provides all the features that will let you browse news or blogs in a very efficient and enjoyable manner.
    Long Description :
    Kedoya is an online community based RSS aggregator and reader. Kedoya provides all the features that will let you browse news or blogs in a very efficient and enjoyable manner :

    Some interesting things you can do in Kedoya include:

    * Read news from your favorite news sites and blogs
    * Personalization of news content
    * Rate for the best entries
    * Rate other users
    * Comments on entries
    * Interact with other users
    * Flag and Tag Feed Items
    * Export/Import your feeds
    * Recommend stories to other users.
    * And much more!

    Thx!,
    Andy

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