Google Reader

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover Google Reader. It is like having a web version of Outlook for your blog feeds, making clear which of the blogs you follow have posts on them that you have not read yet in much the same way that Outlook draws unread messages to your attention – bold print plus a number to indicate the number of unread posts.

What’s more, as some readers of this post already know but others may not yet have discovered, you can add a widget to your blog that will let you share those posts from other blogs. That is the widget that has appeared very recently on my own blog, and which I admired for a long time on Marc Goodacre’s blog before figuring out where he got it.

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  • BSM

    Check I-Google too. You can make tabs for different pages. I have tabs for news feeds, academic blogs or feeds from databases, and a tab for the blogs I read. Same concept as the reader only in web page format.

  • Phil Sumpter

    At first I thought this was a blessing (I got it from Chrisendom) as it would save me time on the Internet, now I’m not too sure … There’s so much interesting stuff out there!

  • James F. McGrath

    I can relate to that, but it beats the way I was doing it before! :)

  • Wonders for Oyarsa

    I want to note, with some discretion, the conspicuous absence of Wonders for Oyarsa on an otherwise fine feed. I would hate for readers of your blog to think you not well read, and trust that you will address this rather embarrassing oversight so as not to hinder your credibility in the world of blogdom.*straining to keep a straight face*

  • James F. McGrath

    Well, your blog doesn’t have a feed from mine either… Oh, OK, I guess I’ll let that slide this time, seeing as you don’t have feeds from any blogs.*not bothering to keep a straight face*

  • David Scott Lewis

    Google Reader combined with Google Gadgets is pretty good, but an offline reader is almost always better – and Google Gadlets limits the number of posts that can be read offline to the last 2,000. (This is about 3 days of blog posts for me in my primary account; less than 1 day in my public blogroll, .)The best bet is Omea Pro from JetBrains. Some like GreatNews (Curio Studio) and others like FeedReader (i-Systems), but Omea Pro remains my top pick since it has a lot more features, making it better than all other options — either offline OR online. And it’s free, too!!Online (only) readers are fine IFF you need to switch between computers. But if this is really the case, then I’d recommend reading a subset of blogs at work and another subset of blogs at home rather than using an online reader.If you have to use an online reader, Google Reader is generally the best, but Bloglines has support for receiving e-newsletters in your Bloglines roll, something that Google Reader does not support. Arguably, one could read e-newsletters in the Gmail account that’s affiliated with the specific Google Reader account, but this isn’t quite the same thing.And for those who are entirely e-mail oriented and never, ever want to touch a feed reader, they can always use RssFwd to convert blog feeds to e-mail messages. This isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly a doable solution.Omea Pro: it and I guarantee that you’ll love it!! Windows only, runs on the .NET Framework 2.0.BTW, I’ve used just above every reader on the market, free, paid, Windows, Linux, MAC, you name it. Omea Pro really is the best. My public blogroll has 700 feeds, my primary blogroll has 300 feeds; I even have a blogroll with 4,000 feeds that I run searches within, a nice Bloglines feature that Google Reader does not (yet) have.