Google’s Reader: RSS Tracking

- May 23, 2007

In 2006 Google added an interesting tool named Google Reader that allows you to view stats on your RSS reading trends. At the beginning of 2007, this tool was redesigned and its use has spread widely. I thought it was a useful tool when it first came out but lately I have been able to use it more frequently.

With Google Reader, keeping up with your favorite websites is as easy as checking your email. Google states “It’s like your inbox, for the web”. You are informed as soon as new content is added to a specific site. I can see how often people in my circle of friends and family go into a specific blog, allowing me to see what day of the week they tend to read more and what topics are most popular.

People share their reading habits with you if you are a subscriber. Use Google Reader’s built-in public page to easily share interesting items with your friends and family. Google Reader has a “Share” button and a public page to go along with it. Once you start sharing, others can subscribe to your shared items and see what you see.

The Google reader is a customizable aggregator for feeds from news sites, blogs, and other sites with a sharing facility. If you are into blogging, this is a tool you should use. Millions of sites publish feeds with their latest updates, and the built in feed search makes it easy to find new content that you’ve previously determined interests you.

Have you checked it out?

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