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Posted on September 05, 2007 8:18 PM in Computers
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I was a bit surprised to launch Firefox tonight and see that my Google Reader Notifier extension was reporting that I have 2,335 unread posts to catch up on.

In the past, that number has typically hovered somewhere in the 500 to 1,000 range, simply because Google Reader has always capped the unread count of any single feed at 100+ (to indicate that there are 100 or more unread posts). Today (or sometime in the last 24 hours) it seems they have bumped that cap to 1,000 instead.

Google System reports (via Dipping into the Blog Pond):

Apparently, Google Reader learned to count to 1,000, which is a major improvement if we consider that Google Reader was only able to count to 100. More exactly, all the feeds, folders and other views showed 100+ if you had more than 99 unread items. I wonder if this is a technical limitation or Google is afraid we're not able to handle the information overload.

I still think it's weak that they don't just display the total count, but I'm sure the 1,000 item cap covers most people just fine. Subscribers like me, though, who subscribe to feeds from sites like Digg, Slashdot and custom searches from providers like Bloglines, get stuck playing the guessing game after being away from the feeds for only a few days.

But when you get behind, maybe that's not such a bad thing.

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