Google Reader Loses Posts Older than a Month

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Posted on September 19, 2007 8:59 AM in Blogging
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On Sunday, I wrote that Google Reader has been losing some of my unread items. The next morning, I found out that I'm not the only one seeing the problem. Then, I sent an email to the Google Reader Team and then started a new thread in the Google Reader Group.

Today, I received the following email from the Google Reader Team (emphasis mine):

Hi Bernie,

Thanks for writing in. Are the unread items in question particularly old? If so, that would be the cause of it. The items we show as bold in Reader are not "unread," strictly speaking, but simply "new." They stop being new either when you read them, or after a month without having been read.

The Google Team

So that confirms it. Google Reader is losing unread items, but not with great abandon.

However methodical they may be about losing those unread posts, I know for a fact that I'm too busy to stay on top of the thousands of unread items sitting in my feed reader on any given day. As unfortunate as it is, it looks like I may still need to jump ship back to Bloglines, as long as I can confirm that they hold on to all posts until they are read. Anyone happen to know this? And do they keep collecting new posts beyond the first 200 nowadays?


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