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Google Reader adds ‘Reader Trends’

Posted By Darren Rowse 4th of January 2007 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

I switched from Bloglines to Google Reader a month ago and I’ve not turned back. While it did take a little getting used to I quickly found a new rhythm of blogging and am not right at home with it.

Today on the Google Reader blog they announced a new feature – Reader Trends which analyses the way you interact with your RSS feeds.

For example on mine it tells me that I have 632 subscriptions and over the last month have read 15,939 items (scary considering I took a week off in the last month).

It also shows me how many I read each day over the last month

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Guess who took a week off over Christmas!

I also tracks when I read most of my feeds by time

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I bet that graph has changed since having a baby. A year ago there would have been a lot more early morning surfing and then a complete lull until about mid morning.

When I read my feeds by day of the week

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Interesting again – Mondays I tend to set aside for writing – Fridays are always a big day for me of blogging as I get ready for a quiet weekend.

Then it goes on to show me which feeds I read most and which were the most frequently updated and the most inactive either as top 10’s, 20’s or 40’s.

It also gives you stats over how many items you ‘star’ and ‘share’ (items I don’t yet use) as well as on tags.

All in all it’s probably more about fun than function – although it does illustrate just how much I use RSS in my blogging and is definitely going to help me cull some inactive feeds from those I’m ‘following’.

Update: One stat I would like to see is a tracking of which blogs I regularly clicked through to actually visit.

I’ll also be interested to see if they aggregate this information from all users to create some sort of a Digg like ‘hot list’.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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