Google Reader behind?

Steve Bryant, over on Google Watch, says that Google Reader is behind, and is slower than, Bloglines.

Um, that’s like saying that personal computers were behind mainframes in 1977. Yes, they were, but that isn’t what matters.

Instead, look at the growth rates of both readers. Google’s growing a lot faster here.

Regarding speed? I use Google Reader with Firefox 2.0. It’s slower on IE. I wonder which browser Steve was using.

I read more than 29,000 items in the past 30 days with Google Reader. If it’s fast enough for me, it probably is fast enough for you. Not to mention that Google Reader lets me share RSS items with all of you on my link blog.

And, the keyboard shortcuts that Google Reader uses are wonderful. Some tips, for new Google Reader users. “J” key goes to next post. I can’t believe I’ve hit the J key 29,000 times in the past month. Whew. “K” goes backward. “Shift-S” shares an item on your link blog. “U” gets rid of the navigation stuff. Make sure in preferences to set Google Reader to read all items by default. That way when you visit http://reader.google.com all you’ll have to do is start hitting the “J” key to go through every new post that you’ve subscribed to.

What do you think? How does Google Reader stack up in your feed reading behavior?

107 thoughts on “Google Reader behind?

  1. I too have about 500 subscriptions and have bounced around various readers. Blogbridge is where I am at right now– desktop based, but synchs between machines. I don’t like the river of news for all 500 blogs. In fact, I would bet that this approach is greatly responsible for your recent realization that you’ve gotten in a rut of reading the same old Blogs.

    At the same time, too much granularity isn’t good.

    With Blogbridge (and others can do things like this), I “rate” each blog with their 1-5 star mechanism and set a River of News view for each rating… I can also view non-starred feeds. This way I see a lot of feeds at a time and it is economical, but I also don’t lose track of (and don’t find any internal resistance to adding) new feeds that I have yet to evaluate…

  2. I too have about 500 subscriptions and have bounced around various readers. Blogbridge is where I am at right now– desktop based, but synchs between machines. I don’t like the river of news for all 500 blogs. In fact, I would bet that this approach is greatly responsible for your recent realization that you’ve gotten in a rut of reading the same old Blogs.

    At the same time, too much granularity isn’t good.

    With Blogbridge (and others can do things like this), I “rate” each blog with their 1-5 star mechanism and set a River of News view for each rating… I can also view non-starred feeds. This way I see a lot of feeds at a time and it is economical, but I also don’t lose track of (and don’t find any internal resistance to adding) new feeds that I have yet to evaluate…

  3. I have discovered Google Reader thanks to Scobleizer, and I’m very happy with it. Page layout, speed and keyboard shortcuts are very good. Sometimes I leave the J-J-J… for mouse scroll, and it’s very confortable too.
    Thanks, Robert.
    Antonio

  4. I have discovered Google Reader thanks to Scobleizer, and I’m very happy with it. Page layout, speed and keyboard shortcuts are very good. Sometimes I leave the J-J-J… for mouse scroll, and it’s very confortable too.
    Thanks, Robert.
    Antonio

  5. I have misses the trends feature since I go directly to all items. It is very nice. Apparently, I read all of the items in the low volume feeds, but I cannot keep up with high volume feeds like Scoblizer.

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