Google Reader Facts and Rumors

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Posted on September 13, 2007 9:17 AM in Blogging
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There are some interesting rumors about the future of Google Reader and some interesting facts in general over at Google Blogoscoped. Among them:

  • Google will work on a standard for feed publishers to tell aggegrators about changes in the feed (I wonder if this will help address this issue).
  • The crawl rate of feeds is prioritized when they've got more subscribers. They're updated within one hour when there's more than one subscriber, or else once in three hours.
  • A new feature called Activity Streams will be introduced or at least implemented in Reader this quarter. This will be comparable to Facebook's News Feed (Minifeed?) feature, and integrate Gmail's addressbook and contact list.
  • Three people are working on Reader's backend, and three plus one intern are working on the frontend.
  • Very soon, Reader will recommend feeds to the user, based on previous subscriptions and other Google activity.
  • According to FeedBurner statistics, Google Reader is the world's largest full-content reader. My Yahoo! is the largest headline reader.
  • As Google has grown into the market, the usage of Bloglines hasn't really decreased much.
  • 70 % of [its] users use Firefox.

Those are the ones that caught my eye, but the full list of rumors and facts is over at Google Blogoscoped if you're interested.

Comments

Ian Clifton on September 13, 2007 at 10:44 AM:

"Very soon, Reader will recommend feeds to the user, based on previous subscriptions and other Google activity."

That would be awesome (though potentially a major time drain if it's accurate!). It's very hard to find decent blogs related to certain topics sometimes. For instance, trying to find a blog for an amateur photographer (that isn't dead and has decent photos and a reasonable design) can be frustrating. I don't have much faith in blog directories. I enjoy blogs that typically have just a few comments per post more than ones that have 200+.


"70 % of [its] users use Firefox."

I wonder how much of that is because Firefox users tend to be more "tech savvy" vs. Firefox having such limited built-in RSS capabilities.

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