Just imagine how great Reader could be if it was the sole product of a hungry and foolish startup.
Welcome to the new Google Reader
Like many of Google’s products, Reader has gained a clean new look, with more space and less clutter, making it even faster to navigate your feeds. We’ve also integrated with Google+, so you can add a +1 to any item and share with your circles.
For those of you who shared items under the old system, you can export all your content from the Import/Export Settings page.
However, saying “no” to projects doesn’t make you Steve Jobs if you say no to inspiring things. It’s the discernment that’s meaningful, not the refusal. Anyone can point their thumb to the ground.
The shareable social object of subscribe-able items makes Reader’s network unique and the answer to why change is painful for many of its users is because no obvious alternative network exists with exactly that object. The social object of Google+ is…nearly anything and its diffuse model is harder to evaluate or appreciate. The value of a social network seems to map proportionally to the perceived value of its main object. (Examples: sharing best-of-web links on Metafilter or sharing hi-res photos on Flickr or sharing video art on Vimeo or sharing statuses on Twitter/Facebook or sharing questions on Quora.) If you want a community with stronger ties, provide more definition to your social object.Reader is (was?) for information junkies; not just tech nerds. This market totally exists and is weirdly under-served (and is possibly affluent).
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