Google Reader Shared Items Websites

A year before, websites showing shared items in Google Reader were the talk of the industry. But none of them have kicked off like a Next Digg and some have even closed down since:

1. RSSMeme – My favorite website and the only website seem to be running.

2. ReadBurner – Under revamp now. I liked its first version. After it was relaunched by a company it tried to do too many things and was confusing. I hated the color scheme too.

3. FeedHeads – Closed down now.

4. Shared Reader – Disappeared !

Some reasons I could think for this withering trend:

* Google Reader keeps improving its social features that a need for a third party site may be less felt.
* Most of the startups have been single developer projects, who might not have found the time to promote the sites.
* Services like FriendFeed which show not just the Google Reader items but all social media activity may be more attractive.

However, it still would be great if Google itself comes with an interface like http://blogsearch.google.com/ to show case most shared items topic wise and language wise.

Google reader tips

1. Rename your subscriptions.

More than one blog can have the same blog title. For example, some Tamil blogs have the same title – ????? ??????????. No quick way of knowing which person’s blog is updated. Also, some blog names are strange / unclear that we don’t remember. And some names are lengthy. So what am i suggesting? It is easier to remember and identify people’s name than the blog’s name as blogs are essentially personal space. Use feed settings – rename subscription

2. Trim your subscription list.

If you have more than 100+ subscriptions, then something is definitely wrong. At least, you will lose your job soon as you will be spending too much time reading, organizing these subscriptions. I had 230 subscriptions once but read only very few regularly and much of my time was wasted in marking all as read. Go to Manage subscriptions and view your subscriptions.

Unsubscribe any blog IF

– You don’t recognize the blog name.
– You don’t read all posts in the blog.
– You don’t read them as soon as it is posted.

After I followed these rules, my list came down to 69 subscriptions from 230 subscriptions. I don’t feel that I miss anything now. You save your time, But.

3. Tag, star your favorite posts.

Also put blogs in folders like news, technology, poetry etc., It is easier to reach them when you want them later.

4. View All Items in Expanded View.

This is the best time saving mode for reading. You can set the All items page as start page at Manage subscriptions->Preferences.

5. Use Keyboard shortcuts.

Use the shortcuts g t for tags, g u for subscriptions. if you had renamed the subscriptions based on people’s name then searching will be very easy. Know more shortcuts by pressing g ?

Tidbits:

In your All items page – View settings, if you set it as Sort by Auto, it will analyze your reading pattern and automatically show you the most interesting items for you at the top.

In Manage subscriptions page, at the top right side you have a filter. Use that locate your subscription quicly. I missed to note this facility for a long time.