What’s Up With Google Reader?

At first I thought it was a temporary fluke of some sort, but now, after more than three hours, I’m absolutely sure that Google Reader has some sort of problem. I’ve yet to receive a single update from Reader eventhough I’m very sure that there are new items in my subscriptions list. The last update I received was this post from PapaJoneh.

I’m starting to get really irritated by Google Reader and I think it’s inevitable now for me to look for a more reliable feed reader. Here are some things that I dislike about Google Reader:

  1. Lack of search facilities
  2. Mysterious update cycle; I have no idea when subscription are updated, but I know for a fact that it’s not “live”. I’ve lost more than my fair share of ReviewMe opportunities because of this
  3. Doesn’t accept spaces in tags

Yup, that’s not a lot, I know. However, in terms of quality of feed reading, the first two items alone are very irritating to me as a feed subscriber. Of course the recent release of Google Gears and email-to-friends features in Reader got more than its fair share of web exposure, however, I fail to understand why more effort wasn’t put into the core function of Google Reader; ie. improving the feed subscription and reading experience.

Do you use an online feed reader? Yes? Please recommend some to me. I got a feeling that I’ll be dumping Google Reader very soon.

5 responses to “What’s Up With Google Reader?”.

  1. papajoneh Says:

    I wish I can help. I just use live bookmark and email subscription. 🙂

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    After posting that, I googled for some alternatives. Discovered Rojo and I’m beginning to like it 🙂

  3. kucau Says:

    bloglines is a good option dude

  4. Kay Kastum Says:

    I use Google Reader too. Yep. Not really ‘quick’ in updating the blogs I subscribe to. But I can still live with it for now. I use Gmail a lot so it’s part of my Google homepage.

  5. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Apparently they suffered an outage of some sort yesterday.

    So I guess I’ll be sticking with it for now. At the same time, I’ll also play with Rojo more actively, just in case.