I’ve been using Google Reader for a few weeks now and overall, I totally dig it. With hindsight I can’t believe I ever tried to keep up with blogs without a feed reader. It’s SO much easier this way! I don’t waste time checking blogs that aren’t frequently updated and I love being able to organize feeds into categories. It also hadn’t occurred to me that I could use a reader to monitor updates to non-blog sites like Flickr or the Reporting and Essays section of The New Yorker. I do miss seeing the design elements of some sites but that’s far outweighed by the positives. I also like all of the keyboard shortcuts for navigating around Google Reader, though I’m still getting familiar with them. That said, I do have a few complaints. They are:
- In order to file a feed in a particular category, you have to exit the main reader screen. It would be great to be able to drag and drop feeds into categories from the main screen. Wrong-o! You can organize feeds into folders from the main screen using the Feed settings button
- You can’t add a feed from the screen you use to organize feeds into categories.
- Some of the feeds are truncated and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about that. I have to visit the blog to see the entire post. (I may be missing something obvious here.)
- This might be something that only dorky Web developers do but when I point to a link, I often check the status bar of my Web browser to see where it leads before clicking it. This functionality is spotty in Internet Explorer but seems to be fine in Firefox.
- Some feeds don’t update automatically or even relatively close to when the blog is updated. I noticed this by accident with several different blogs. Clicking the Refresh button doesn’t make a difference.
- It’s a bummer you can’t comment on posts from your reader.
One other thing – why do people list 70 million feeds on their blogs? Aren’t they all fed from the same XML file? Is this just a courtesy to users to accommodate different readers?
Did any of you guys try other readers? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
P.S. Is it me, or does “Facebook” sound like a euphemism for oral sex? Like “I’ll return her call, but only because she gives good facebook.”