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Google Reader

Posted By Darren Rowse 8th of October 2005 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

Google has launched a News Reader called Google Reader which allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds and news sources. The interface seems pretty simple at a first look.

If this system is anything like Yahoo’s MyYahoo it might be worth subscribing to your own RSS feeds to make sure they are in the system.

Don’t forget to add ProBlogger’s Feed to it too!


– Read a review of Google Reader at the RSS Weblog.
– Learn how to export your bloglines feeds to Google Reader.

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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.
  • Psst, missed an ‘r’ in the URL.

  • thanks Devin

  • Darren, have you seen how great it works on mp3-feeds, or podcast-feeds. Check my mp3-feed for example.

    For musician like me, this reader is great.

  • How do people include a url in a comment like the one above?

  • I can’t get it to work in Firefox at the moment….. :-(

  • Cormac

    I found it very disappointing, coming from Google. Feed readers have been around for quite a few years and they’re already slow to jump on the bandwagon, so one would have hoped they would do something innovative to make it stand out. Apart from a slightly fancy javascript scroll, it’s rather awkward to use. Why click to read each article summary separately? It would be easier to just read the front page of that site.

    Having tried many obvious ones, I finally settled on the utterly obscure Lektora ( I can sit back with my wireless mouse in my lap and use only the scrollwheel to read through all my categorised article summaries; or just my techie section or just my Asia News section. If you use a tabbed browser, it opens full articles in new tab instead of a new window – much faster. Oh, and if a site has no feed it can add it to your reading list anyway.

    (I’m not affliated with the software owners, it’s just honestly the only feed reader that works the way I want it to.)

  • I don’t find it as user-friendly as bloglines, personally.

  • Why do I always love the UI of Google web apps?

  • You can also read feeds with Google Desktop though it may not be the most practical way to do that.

  • Whether it’s a good RSS reader or not, I just added my feed this morning hoping it will increase traffic to my site.

  • When I gave it a spin, it was way too slow for me. I added almost 50 feeds from an OPML file and ti was just too slow to be usable. Maybe it was just launch-time slowness.


  • I noticed the speeds has gone upwards. It’s really excellent now. For podcast-feeds it brilliant.

  • How does one go about adding your RSS feed to increase traffic?