Using Google Reader
For the past couple of days I’ve been trying out Google’s new RSS aggregator - Google Reader. Being a Google product, it’s naturally full of all that new fangled Web 2.0/AJAX goodness. Many features used in Reader appear to have been carried across from Gmail which can’t be a bad thing.
Currently, there doesn’t appear to be any documentation
or help files to work out how to use the thing, although
the Googleblog does
mention a ‘tour’ which
I can’t seem to find
found here. In my initial trials I’ve successfully
imported my OPML subscriptions across from Bloglines and have worked
out that: the ‘Home’ page is for checking the latest
headlines across all feeds; ‘Your Subscriptions’ allows you
to edit your subscribed-to feeds, view by feed (rather than
across all) or filter all entries by label; ‘Read’ is to
view read entries; and ‘Starred’ is to view flagged
entries. Too easy.
The current version can bog down a little and has an unhealthy appetite for memory, however functionalitywise, it’s not too bad. Not sure if I’ll move across entirely from Bloglines just yet, though the future looks bright. I wonder what Bloglines are going to respond with?
update: Ah ha. After being down for a little white this afternoon, Bloglines is back online - with new added keyboard shortcuts (à la Google Reader).