Switched to Google Reader

I saw someone mention that they liked the new Google Reader, so I thought it might be time to give it another try. I didn’t like the initial version in comparison to Bloglines which I’ve been using for 3-4 years, but I’m definitely a fan of the new one and I think I’ll stick with it.

It suits my existing reading pattern – folder by folder. Though I don’t know if it supports the handy keyboard shortcuts that Bloglines does, the mark-as-read-on-scroll feature is very natural. It is probably that and the better appearance that have won me over. There are a bunch of other bells and whistles that I haven’t had time to investigate yet, but it certainly looks promising.

One thing that I can’t find yet is the availability of a blogroll feature like the one on this page – so I’ll be keeping my Bloglines subscriptions up to date for the time being for that (and in case I change my mind).

However, my favourite feature is something provided elsewhere – the Google Reader Notifier for Mac OS X. It has Growl notifications, menu bar integration and is very slick. Useful indeed – I highly recommend it.

One response to “Switched to Google Reader

  1. Congratz, I have used Google Reader for a while now. My friend originally introduced me to Bloglines, but I didn’t like it when I first saw it.

    You are probably seeing the new Google reader. Though its okay, I liked the older Google reader, because I didn’t really go to the Google reader website, but I use the aggregated RSS feeds feature so I can have all my feeds going into a Firefox live bookmark.

    From there I just click and view, no need for a separate interface.

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