Google Reader Receives Update – Adds Google+ & New Design [News]

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It feels like it has been a long time, but Google finally updated their popular RSS reader with a new look and some minor new features. The first and most obvious change is the overall look of the app. The basic functionality behind it all is the same, but I have to say that the new look is a lot nicer, and it feels a lot cleaner than the old one. The left side of the screen, where all the feeds are listed, has the same basic layout as the old version, but they have changed the colors and font size. In the end, these changes are strictly cosmetic. It is the next change that seems to have split the Google Reader community down the middle.

Along with making things look prettier, Google has implemented Google+ into Google Reader. The problem with this is that they took away the old way of sharing, so Google+ is now your only option. I understand this is a Google product, and they want to tie it in with their other Google products, but this change seems to be upsetting a lot of people.

It seems like Google knew they were going to upset some users. On their blog they even said, “We hope you’ll like the new Reader (and Google+) as much as we do, but we understand that some of you may not.” It seems they knew they were going to make a lot of users angry. I have to actually applaud them for making a tough decision and sticking with it.

Let us know what you think of the new Reader design. Do you approve of the sharing changes or not?

Source: Google Reader Blog

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Comments (38)
  • Shaun

    Some functions are missing, and I can’t see some of the subscription names. I use Opera browser.
    But I have no switch back option.

  • Steven Dunn

    The white space is easy enough to fix using stylish plugin for firefox but would I really would like is for makeuseof to do an article on ways to quickly create an rss feed entry from a web page like Note in Reader used to do.  The best thing I’ve come up with so far is to create a Blogger account and use the ScribeFire firefox plugin to create the entry from text snipits etc similar to what I need.  Then I can take the rss feed from blogger and subscribe to it in reader.  I’m sure someone must have an easier way.

  • Michael Bacon

    Sharing changes = very upsetting. I loved the old way and I have zero reason to use the new way. Google+ is trash, and the new reader update just makes me even less happy with the existence of Google+.

  • Joey Blowey

    TOO MUCH WHITE!   YUCK!!!!!!!!

  • Anna Ladoshkina (f)

    I’ve been using Google Reader for ages but after this “new look” I found myself looking for alternative… (unfortunately there actualy aren’t any)…

    The most part of the screen is lost with all this huge bars and panels so the actual reading space reduced significantly… with higher rows for each items (in list view) there is much less number of titles visible on the screen – difficult to scan when choosing an item… the only colorfull thing on the screen is subscribe button which I used very rarely (practically never)…

    I used to rely on my shared items feed as a source of valuable information I’ve marked for myself,  but now everything is lost… so general experience after this changes is simply awful

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