Google Updates Reader

November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

Just in time for the start of a new month, Google updated their Google Reader application online to reflect the changes that they are making to all of their online products.  This fresh new look is a nice change from the old standard layout that we have become so used to .  If you are not familiar with Google Reader, it is an RSS feed reader.  RSS is a method of syndicating information on the web that is updated often.  Today it is one of the most popular ways to keep up with your favorite blogs.  All you have to do is subscribe using the RSS feed address and then when you check your Google Reader it will show you all of your unread topics.

There are many RSS readers available for free, but Google Reader is one of the most popular of the web based versions.  It is easy to use and the new interface makes it good looking too.

Another advantage to using Google Reader for your RSS needs is that there are mobile apps available for most all platforms that make syncing your read items very simple.  If you haven’t used Google Reader before you should check it out and if you have used it in the past, the new interface is certainly worth checking out.  Along with the new design Google has added the ability to +1 articles right in the reader.  +1 is the Google+ versi0n of a FaceBook Like.

You can check out all of the information on the new redesigned Google Reader.  And be sure to add ChristianDroid to your Google Reader Feed.

Today we’re rolling out the new Reader design, and the Google+ features that we mentioned just over a week ago. Before the day’s over, all Reader users will be able to enjoy the following improvements:

  • A new look and feel that’s cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.


  • The ability to +1 a feed item (replacing “Like”), with an option to then share it with your circles on Google+ (replacing “Share” and “Share with Note”).
Integrating with Google+ also helps us streamline Reader overall. So starting today we’ll be turning off friending, following, shared items and comments in favor of similar Google+ functionality.We hope you’ll like the new Reader (and Google+) as much as we do, but we understand that some of you may not. Retiring Reader’s sharing features wasn’t a decision that we made lightly, but in the end, it helps us focus on fewer areas, and build an even better experience across all of Google.If you decide to stay, then please do send us your feedback on today’s set of improvements. Google+ is still in its early days, after all, and we’re constantly working on improvements. If, however, you decide that the product is no longer for you, then please do take advantage of Reader’s subscription export feature. Regardless where you go, we want to make sure you can take your data with you.Updates to Google Reader on the web are rolling out gradually and should reach all users by end of day. A new Android application will follow soon. If you have questions about today’s announcements, please check out our Help Center.

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