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Google Is My Friend — Voices In My Mind

Google Is My Friend

by dee on May 25, 2006

A while back I finally gave in and started using those cool RSS feeds that people have on their blogs.  I had toyed with the idea of using a feed reader for a while and checked out a couple but never really found one that I liked.  But, because of this I was determined that I would find a way to reduce my blog reading time and I figured that using a reader would help.  During my search for the best feed reader ever, I discovered the Google Reader.  I’ve become rather fond of Gmail recently, so I figured I would give it a shot.  It was really easy to add new feeds and I loved the simple, easy-on-the-eyes look of it.

In the last month or so since I’ve been using it, I have totally fallen in love with it.  I don’t spend nearly as much time checking and re-checking my favorite sites for updates.  All I have to do is go to my reader and the newest updates are already there.  The best part is, whether I’m at the office or at home, I can log in to the site and read up without trying to remember everyone’s web addresses.  Plus, I just discovered that I can also read it on my phone, but the speed of my cellular internet connection makes that pretty much pointless.

The only downside that I have found to using the reader is that I don’t comment on other blogs nearly as much as I used to.  When I read a post I think that I’ll go comment later, but I usually end up forgetting.  Plus, I also miss looking at everyone’s cool blog designs.  Maybe I think too much like a designer, but to me, I think you get more of a person’s personality through their design and the "extras" on their blog site.  That’s not enough to get me to stop using the reader though.  I still click through and visit the original sites occasionally.

I kind of feel like I’m cheating on Yahoo! a bit, because I have always loved Yahoo! but Google is starting to win my heart a little bit.


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