Google Reader got updated last week, and added enough functionality to make it a contender against the reigning King of Online Aggregators, Bloglines. Gina Tripiani of Lifehacker made the switch, and so did Matt Cutts of Google. Seems there’s something to the new version…
So, even though I’m still a huge Bloglines fans (don’t worry guys – I’m not defecting! :-)), I’m going to try using Google Reader for a week, and document the results here.
I’ve exported my list of 600+ subscriptions as OPML from Bloglines, and imported into Google Reader. The trial started yesterday afternoon.
I’m compiling a list of “Things Bloglines Can Do that Google Reader Can’t” as well as “Things Google Reader Can Do that Bloglines Can’t”. I’ll be posting those this week. Hopefully, if you’re trying to decide between these two online aggregators, this will be useful info. For myself, I’m going to see if any of those differences is a dealbreaker.
I’m an “edge case” when it comes to feed reading. I read a TON of feeds, carefully organized into folders/groups. I read a LOT on my mobile devices, so how well the mobile version of Google Reader stacks up to Bloglines Mobile is going to be a big part of the equation for me.
I’ll keep you updated – so far, it’s usable, which is more than I could say for the previous version. 🙂