Sunday, October 08, 2006
Google Reader Upgrade Dissappoints
I was a little late in the Blogscene, which is a relative statement given that most of the world doesn't know what a blog is, despite the fact that most bloggers think otherwise. I started with my trusty KDE's Akregator, which is admirably usable, and then looked for a web-solution to use better from multiple boxes and a laptop, right around the time the first Google Reader was released. I jumped on board, and I loved it. Right off the bat you have your entire reading queue, waiting for you to read through one post at a time. Read, hit the j button, read, j, read, j, j (I skip things, a lot), j, j, j, read, j, read. If I had a backlog, I could just pick labels or subscriptions to read first and be on my way until I had time to read less important things. The key is it was simple. Most of the time, I only ever used a single button: the j. It was fast, showing just what I was reading and a few things coming up on the list. Thanks to (possibly accidental) details of the implementation, I could scrollwheel over the reading list and pre-load hundreds of articles, so that I could read them offline in my web-based reader! Again, best of all, it was simple. It did all this and it was clean, and simple. God, it was simple.
Google, use your many brains. I don't know how you could have messed this up so badly. It brings up an interesting question: is it OK to compete with yourself? They say that the new Reader meets the middle-ground between what everyone wants, but does that mean it doesnt actually fit what any one person wants? Re-release the original as Google Quick Reader or something.
I'm sorry. This post was badly written. Call it a rant. I just miss my reader.
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