Google Reader

Like many other people in the blogosphere, I’ve been playing with Google Reader, and I’ve found it to be a pretty good aggregator. But it’s lacking one big, important feature: The “catchup” button. I want to be able to mark all my feeds read with a single keystroke.

What would be really nice would be the ability to mark all articles from a selected feed read. But I think that’s difficult in the current interface because it seems to melt all articles into the same pot.

Before I sound too critical, I have to point out that what Google Reader does, it does very well. I found it quick, responsive and easy on the eyes. Good work, chaps!

Oh, and there’s one really, really important innovation: It brings vi-style keystrokes to the people. Yay Google!


Sage RSS Reader

If you use firefox, then sage provides a very useful improvement over the default implementation of RSS (“Live Bookmarks”). Some of the features:

  • Tells you which items you haven’t read yet.
  • Better feed autodiscovery.
  • Proper OPML export.

If you’re using Live Bookmarks at all in firefox, it’s worth checking out.