Yajiao’s Blog

Google Reader

Posted on: 25/02/2009

Google reader is a Google’s web-based feed reader to keep up with blogs and news.

As a journalism student, Google Reader is an effiencial and useful tool to receive the latest news. A front page that lets you see new items at a glance . Users could add different categoryof news according to their interests in subscriptions.  For example, I added news related to China, London, Media and Film. Every time when I log in my Reader account, the information from my subscriptions will be showed first. Meanwhile, users could keep track with their own blog in order to read the new comments.

Users could choose to read  between list view (story with title) or expanded view (story with details) for item viewing.As you view items in your reading list, they will be automatically marked as read as you scroll down.

In addition, items in Google Reader can be shared with other Web users. Items the user marked as shared were automatically visible to their Google Talkcontacts. It is a DIY media platform as well.

However, one disadvantage of Google Reader may be that it is too professional for ordinary people. Different from journalists, public just want to know breaking news. In this case, the information from Google Reader is overwhelmed,  and will make users feel confused to get their interested news directly.

google reader

Image reference:  http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=google%20reader&psc=G&filter=1#5098025859784316530

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