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:
- Lack of search facilities
- 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
- 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.