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Friday, September 28, 2007

Best Online Feed Reader- Google Reader

Finally my quest for good online Feed Reader ends now.
Yesterday itself I came across Google Reader and believe me its pretty good and simple to understand.
Before, it was getting out of my control reading all the posts and articles of so many blogs. Now it saves my time.

Apart from Google Reader there were many more feed readers I tried, but none of them stood up to my liking. The Readers like BLOGLINES, FEEDLOUNGE, NEWS ALLOY were the ones I tried and they all failed.
Out of those News Alloy is the best. It has really lots of features.

But Google Reader outclassed all of them. Here are some features I like most about this Google Reader:-

->Users can subscribe to feeds using either Google Reader's search function, or by entering in the exact URL of the RSS or Atom feed. New posts from your feeds are then shown on the left-hand side of the screen. One can then order that list by date or relevance. Items can also be organized with labels, as well as being able to create Starred Items for easy access.

->Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won't miss a thing.

->Google Reader shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It's like a personalized inbox for the entire web.

->With your Google Reader public page, you can share your favorite items with your friends, simply by sending them to relevant links.

Google Reader is first application to make use of Google Gears, a browser extension that lets online applications work offline. Users who have installed the extension can download up to 2000 items to be read offline. After coming back online, Google Reader updates the feeds.

Inspite of all these excellent features there are some minor drawbacks:-

->It takes quite a some time (may be few hours) to show the updated feeds.

->Google Reader shows no warning that a user has subscribed to duplicate feeds.

That was my experience with Google Reader. I love google products.

If anybody out here uses any other Feed Reader thats suits him/her, do share that with us.

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