Posts Tagged ‘googlereader’

New Google Reader for iPhone

Cool new Google Reader iPhone interface available at Big improvement over the previous version.

Techmeme vs. Scoble’s Link Blog

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Techmeme is great but Robert Scoble’s Google Reader powered Link Blog,’s Shared Items, is better. My Google Reader “For Morning Coffee” folder includes both the Techmeme feed and’s Shared items feed so I have a lot of caffeinated experience with both feeds. 9 times out of 10 I prefer the content in Scoble’s Link Blog. Why? I think it’s the human element. Why scan through the Techmeme feed and others for the highlights when Robert can do it for me ; ) I call it the ScobleMeme. ScobleMeme, like TechMeme, isn’t for everyone. Thanks Robert!

Scobleizer – My favorite 35 feeds for the past month

Google Reader – Just “Slick”

I spend a lot of time In Google Reader, probably too much, and I’ve got to tell you – it’s just plain slick. You can’t define "slick" software but you know when you’re sitting in front of it. It feels slick. A specific feature addition motivated me to type this up.

Google Reader (as far as I can remember) has always supported an Email feature that lets you e-mail a feed item. Until recently however, it wasn’t slick. Clicking Email below a feed item would pop-up a new window that just didn’t feel right. It worked and did what it was supposed to do but it wasn’t the best user experience. Recently, the Google Reader team improved the Email feature. They didn’t add new functionality – they just improved the user experience. Now, clicking Email below a feed item (the link is still in the same place) drops a nice little frame in below the feed item and before the next feed item. It’s simple, it features fields for your recipients, a subject, a short note to go along with the item, a send button, and a cancel button. And more importantly, it feels slick.

Google Reader is "slick" because the team spends time working on the finer points of usability. They didn’t have to improve the Email feature, it worked fine before, but they did and in the long-run it pays off. Google Reader is quickly becoming the preferred web-based feed reader.

Some other "slick" Google Reader features include:

  • Short-cut ? displays excellent Keyboard Short-cut overlay
  • When you Email a feed item to someone a copy is put in your Gmail "Sent Items" folder
  • The "To" field is connected to Gmail so "auto-complete" functionality works

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(screen grab: clicking Email below a feed item drops a nice little frame in below the feed item and before the next feed item)

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