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Ah – Down to 391 feeds. Lower than I’ve ever been

Want to know something? Unsubscribing from old feeds and basically reoganizing feed subscriptions in folders is a huge pain in the butt in Google Reader. It was much easier in Bloglines – hey, Google Reader team, get on that, wouldja? 😉

I’m down to 391 feeds, organized into folders (fewer than I had before). I’m sure that number will creep back up again, but for now, it’s the lowest it’s been since, well, since I started reading feeds.

I’ve had several requests for my OPML file (pre-pruning), which I’m trying to clean up, and I’ll post soon. I used Dave Winer’s OPML editor on my Mac to edit it, and had my “guinea pig” friend report problems when he tried to import into Google Reader, so something might be screwed up.

Anyway, it feels good to have a lighter, more concentrated reading list. Feels much more focused, which is good – that’s what I’m trying to do with my life in general. :-)

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2 thoughts on “Ah – Down to 391 feeds. Lower than I’ve ever been

  1. Any specific ways in which you think unsubscribing could be easier? Right now, in addition to the settings page, you can also unsubscribe when viewing a specific feed (from the “Feed Settings” menu) or from the trends page (useful for pruning feeds that don’t update or that you don’t read).

    Mihai Parparita
    Google Reader Engineer

  2. Thanks for the response!

    I use those methods, and they work, but they don’t scale very well to large numbers of feeds. Anything that you have to do one at a time is a pain when you’re talking about dozens or hundreds of feeds.

    Here are some specific features that I’d love to see in this area:

    1. Ability to rename tags/folders. I can work around it by making a new folder, adding that tag to the feeds, then removing the old tag. Tedious, and it breaks down when you have tags with similar names. Which leads me to…

    2. Ability to mass edit feeds by specific tag, not just filter matches. For example, I have a tag called “people”, and a tag called “short list – people”. If I want to edit/unsubscribe to just the feeds in the “people” tag, I can’t do it without entering “people” in the search/filter, then selecting only the “people”-tagged feeds, skipping over the “short list – people” feeds that also show up in the results, because they match the filter.

    3. Ability to delete a tag and unsubscribe from all the feeds in it. Related to the two above.

    That’s a start – I might write up some more detailed/nitpicky feedback later, but these were the biggest problem I had when cleaning out my almost 800 feeds.

    Thanks again for the response! That’s one of the reasons I love you guys! :-)

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