Google Adds RSS Reader Takes On Bloglines

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:14 pm

Google ReaderGoogle labs just released the latest beta project called Google Reader.

Google Reader is a web-based feed reader that helps you keep up with it all by organizing and managing all the content you’re interested in.

Google Reader makes it easier to keep up with your ever-expanding reading list of content from across the web. You can:

  • Automatically get the latest news and updates from your favorite sites.
  • Sort your reading list based on what’s most relevant to you.
  • Organize what you read with labels and stars.
  • Quickly share interesting items with friends via email or by blogging them, directly from Reader.

In order to add feeds to your list you can use the search box at the top of the screen to find new content. Enter a specific publication or author (e.g., New York Times or Dave Barry), or a topic or industry (e.g., gardening or nanotechnology), click “Search for new content” and you’ll get back a list of relevant content from across the web. Google Reader will search the sites and will search for RSS feeds. If you see something that interests you, simply click the “subscribe” button to add it to your reading list. Of course you don’t have to search for feeds; you can also directly enter the feed URL.

You can use labels to group things you’ve read that are similar to each other. For example, you could create a label for sports-related items or for everything from your friends’ blogs. To label an item, simply click the “edit” link next to “Your labels” at the bottom of the item view. Similarly, you can star an item by clicking the star next to it in the reading list. Click “Starred” at the top of the page to view all your starred items.

You can also label entire subscriptions by opening “Your subscriptions” at the top of the page and clicking the “edit” link next the subscription you want to label. Click the name of a label to view all the items with that label.
If you already use another RSS reader you can upload and import your subscription list as an OPML file. You can also export your Google Reader subscriptions list as an OPML file.

To use this service you’ll need a Google account (free).


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