Sharing in Google Reader

I’ve been pretty vocal about not liking Google Reader and not wanting to switch, but I have also been open to going back to it once in a while to see if it has been improved. I do see some neat changes, but I still can’t figure out how to solve 3 issues that really bug me.

  1. I see that I can grab a blogroll for each folder, but not of everything I subscribe to. With Bloglines I am able to share my subscriptions with a simple URL (www.bloglines.com/public/talia679) or by putting a blogroll on my site.
  2. It still says that I have 1000+ things to read – why??? Is it so hard to just give me the darn number??
  3. I can’t figure out how to customize what feeds show on the reader homepage, I want to put my favorites on my homepage for easy reading.

6 comments

  1. I can help with #3!

    1. Personally, I’m glad I can separate out what I share and what I don’t. But I don’t see a good answer to this one for you besides sharing each folder.

    2. Doesn’t bother me. It’s always over 1000, what do I care by how many?

    3. Again, doesn’t bother me, I’m always in a folder or a specific feed. And I kind of like having the home screen be what’s new along with recommendations. BUT you can make a favorites folder, AND you can, in your settings, change the default view to favorites, thus making your home screen your favorites.

    I like how easily it creates a page of my shared items that I can link to and that shows up in my friends’ readers and I like automatically getting any of my contacts’ items in my reader once they start using the share feature and that I can email any of my gmail contacts with autofill from within reader. I like offline mode. I like stars and notes. But those might all exist in Bloglines too. Mostly I like GReader because I log in once to my mail in the morning (which runs all of my email accounts) and I’m already logged in to docs, reader, bookmarks, etc. etc. with all my contacts available :)

  2. Ellie,

    The reason you like GReader is why I want to switch, but I just find these few things a bit annoying. Thanks for the help on #3!!

  3. 1. Closest thing so far for sharing it all via Reader is http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export — personally, I feel like either http://profiles.google.com/lemasney or http://delicious.com/lemasney might work better for sharing this kind of info.

    2. Can’t fix the 1,000 limit, though there are firefox plugins that show you the actual number, such as https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4808 or https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6424

    3. Look at Feedly — it greatly improves upon Reader’s readability, but uses Reader to maintain subscriptions, etc. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8538 — major focus is on choosing favorite feeds, easy sharing, etc.

    My own pet peeve we talked about was recently repaired — you can, as of like last week, now mark all items older than (time period) as read. Yay! http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2009/08/flurry-of-features-for-feed-readers.html

    Cheers!

  4. I really like the add-on Wizz RSS for Firefox better than any other I’ve tried thus far. It takes a little getting used to because all your info (feeds, folders, summaries) fits in a smallish space on the side of your browser window, but that’s a big reason why I like it. I can show it and close it at will no matter how many tabs I have open.

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