Google reader is my absolute favorite tool to read the web. I'm a former bloglines user but found that their categorization wasn't quite what I was looking for in a blogreader. Google reader is easy, shareable, inspirational and it lets you browse through your rss feeds in a very usable design - and fast
I love Google Reader! I have no idea what I'd be able to do without it. It keeps me from visiting the same sites day after day, wondering which of them have new posts, updates and announcements. I've got everything in one place, kind of like an e-mail inbox, and I subscribe to my favorite blogs and sites and stay updated throughout the day. I've used Google Reader for a while now, and I haven't been able to use anything else. I highly recommend it to anybody who browses … more
Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline. It was released by Google on October 7, 2005 through Google Labs. Reader graduated from beta status on September 17, 2007.
Major revisions to Reader's interface were made on September 28, 2006. In an interview with Robert Scoble, product manager Nick Baum stated that the redesign is a movement toward making news aggregation something for the general public to enjoy. Kevin Fox, the designer of the revised Google Reader, noted that the original version was optimal for those who want to read a "river" of news. The new version took into account that most readers segment their reading by feed, group, tag, folder, or into "must read" and "maybe if I get to it" feeds.
Here are some of the features that are now included within Google Reader:
* A front page that lets you see new items at a glance * Import and export subscription lists as an OPML file * Keyboard shortcuts for main functions * Choice between list view or expanded view for item viewing (showing either just the story title or with a description, respectively) * Automatic marking of items as read as they are scrolled past (expanded view only) * Search in all feeds, across all updates from subscriptions * An easter egg that allows a special "Ninja!" ...