Google Reader Not Picking Up Updated Posts

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Posted on February 12, 2007 6:08 AM in Blogging
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As I've been using Google Reader for the past month, I've noticed kind of subconsciously that it doesn't ever seem to pick up updated posts. The sure fire way to see this is to subscribe to your own feed, because you know when you've updated an entry, and therefore know when to expect that entry to show up again in your feed reader. However, after updating Good URLs Should Be Unambiguous this past weekend, the updated feed entry never showed up in Google Reader.

I did a little bit of poking around on the web and came back to a post I read a few weeks ago over at Robert Scoble's blog. In the comments on that post, Andrew Watts said:

Reader doesn't pick up all updated posts, for example on my blog after the national championship game I updated a post from early December, Bloglines displayed it as a updated item, Reader didn't show it at all. If Reader misses updated posts, is it reliable?

It's a little disconcerting to think that the bloggers I subscribe to aren't being heard or understood fully due to this oversight in my current feed reader's implementation. Hopefully they'll fix this issue soon because it just took me a little closer to that line I have to cross to start using Bloglines again.


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