Friday, October 6, 2006

New Google Reader

Google has released a new interface to its Google Reader.

As of today, Google Reader has a new look and even more important, a lot of new features that we think you'll like. We've listened to your feedback, done usability research, and examined all the ways that people consume content on the web, from feed readers to email clients. With a clean interface and some JavaScript wizardry, we think we've built an application that accommodates a wide range of reading styles while being fun and easy to use.

I‘ve been using NetNewsReader for some time now, but keep looking for something that is Web-based. I‘ve been evangelizing feed reading a bit and know that having a good Web-based experience will speed adoption. I helped with a training on feed syndication not too long ago and evaluated Google Reader as one of the Web-based options I might show. I rejected it as I thought the interface was too clunky, and demoed Newsgator instead.

When the new Google Reader interface got good reviews I thought I would take another look. It is quite nice. It might be nice enough to get me to abandon my client and make the switch.

I‘ve also found myself using my Google homepage more and more. I kept playing with things like Netvibes and Pageflakes, but their long term use never stuck. Google has a rich set of widgets, and being that I am already going to Google for Gmail, and it looks like I'm going to be going there for feeds, maybe it's time to start using everything Google. BTW, I also like Writely. Google is taking no prisoners.

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