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GoogleReader - the jury's out. And having a whinge while it's there.

Google's new RSS reader has launched to a reserved initial reaction, reports Jack Schofield on the Guardian blog. Have a look at the Inside Google blog's conversation here.

I've run it for the last day or so in parallel with Bloglines and I have to say it's not as good as I wanted it to be. And I wanted it to be pretty amazing.

Frist impression was good - it looks slick and I liked the quick scrolling through items, and I was able to import my BlogLines blogroll (list of blogs I subscribe to) without any problems.

But I got confused trying to add in new feeds, which was irritating. I may have missed something, but it adds to my sense that the thing is beautiful to look at but not as intuitive to use as it should be. I'll be sticking with BlogLines for the moment.

Still it's a Beta (trial) programme, so they may improve these things.


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I think your key phrase here is "not as good as I wanted it to be". I totally agree. I love Google's upping of the web interface standards and really like the idea of Google Reader - though I have more testing to do with it already I am a little disappointed. It's so fiddly! It took me a couple of trys to even subscribe to a feed.

There is a fair review about 10 minutes into yesterday's Hobson and Holtz Report that is worth mentioning. It is still in beta so I look forward to the improvements.

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