Google Reader ads new features

Fri 14 August 2009 14:07, Bas van den Beld

Google Reader ads new features

Google Reader is for me probably the most used Google App. As someone who claims to be on top of the news I can't do without feeds. And Google Reader is a good feedreader. And they keep on giving me reasons to keep on using it. Now they have released some new features that make discovering new sites more easy and lets you stay tuned with what your friends are reading.

Google Reader now has 'send to', feeds from people you follow, and you can more easy decide which items you want to be marked as 'read'.

Send to
The send to feature is one I personally was waiting for for a while. You can add buttons to your pages with which you can send and share the posts to any service you like. Google has predefined some, but if one is not there you can create it yourself. For example Sphinn is not there, but its very easy to add that to the ones listed already.


Feeds from people you follow
The 'following' of people in Reader has just recently been added. I never really started using it until a couple of weeks ago and I must say: it's a great feature, I discovered some new blogs I hadn't noticed before. And one of the nice things is that they don't have to be your contacts, I for example follow the shared items of Matt Cutts, though I've never met him (yet).

One thing that didn't cross my mind was that the people I follow might have blogs of their own I should follow. I already followed some of them, but not all of them. Google now makes that more easy because you subscribe to the blogs, photos, or Twitter updates that anyone you're following has included on their Google profile.

More control for mark all as read
Finally Google added more options to the "Mark as read" function. You can now select which items you want marked as read based on a time period.

Other changes Google made were:
When you expand an item in comment view, you now get the full set of actions, enabling you to share, like, and star items without leaving comment view.
Google added a "Feeds" start-page option for the iPhone/Android/Pre mobile interface, so you can see a list of your subscriptions when you sign in.
There is now an option to show notes when embedding your shared items on other pages as clips.

There is still one thing missing to Google Reader which I was hoping for to be changed soon: you to this day cannot change the names of the folders or tags your using. Too bad, maybe next time.

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