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Google Launches Google Reader Feed Aggregator

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This will be big. Giving it a spin right now to see how it compares to Bloglines (my favorite and daily driver) and NewsGator Online.

Thanks to Robert for the heads-up from the Web 2.0 conference.

EDIT: First Impressions:

  • It barfed on importing my Bloglines exported OPML. Only imported 42 of 600 + feeds. Not sure why… Actually, it’s just taking a really long time to import all the feeds. 30 minutes later, it’s up to 500+ imported.
  • It took the groups/folders in my Bloglines feed list, and turned them into the GMail equivalent – labels. Nice.
  • Gives a REALLY irritating “you just subscribed to such-and-such a feed” new item for every feed you add. No way to “select all, mark as read” that I could find. Annoying when you import OPML.
  • Nice and AJAX-y. Keyboard shortcuts like Gmail.
  • Drop down menu lets you “Gmail This” or “Blog This”
  • Doesn’t render on my Samsung i730 wireless Pocket PC – blank page with one bullet is all I get. How about a mobile version, Google?
  • Seems REALLY slow, but I’ll attribute that to the newness.
  • What the heck does “Sort by Relevance” do?
  • Completely breaks down with a large number of feeds. Doesn’t show any information about where the unread feed items are – just displays a HUGE list of posts, with title and author. No grouping by what feed they came from. Newsgator Mobile does this, too, and it drives me CRAZY. This could be a deal killer for me.

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2 thoughts on “Google Launches Google Reader Feed Aggregator

  1. Wes says:

    It does seem strange that there’s no “mark all as read” feature. Right now, it looks like the only way to get older items out of the way is to click on everything.

  2. It seems gratuitously over-ajaxed, with slidey, tabby sorts of stuff that actually detract rather than enhance the user experience. And of course the deal breaker for me is mobile support: I read my RSS feeds all the time using my mobile phone, if I can’t do that, I won’t switch.

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