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Do you use Google Reader?

One of the blogs I follow has raised an interesting question and I wanted to repeat it here.

The blog belongs to John Miedema, the author of Slow Reading, a book on the learning technique. He's in the process of updating his blog and he was worried about losing his RSS feed followers. He asked if anyone was following the RSS feed, and he wanted to know if we used a feed reader like Bloglines or Google Reader.

It's been only a day and he's gotten 5 responses. That's a small survey group but it is rather telling. All 5 respondents use Google reader to follow more than 100 feeds. Three of us follow 500 or more feeds.

This could be a coincidence, but I don't think so. Google Reader doesn't have the best design (I've complained about it before here & here), but one thing it can do quite well is organize a large volume of RSS feeds. I think gReader will tend to be used by the power-users like me simply because it handles a large volume.

Do you use gReader, and if so, how many feeds do you follow?

About Nate Hoffelder (11122 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

35 Comments on Do you use Google Reader?

  1. Google Reader user with around 40 subscriptions.

  2. For what it’s worth, 63 feeds followed. Prefer it to Bloglines.

  3. 123 feeds in Google Reader.
    Wondered whether to use something else but haven’t got around to a serious search yet.

  4. ~200 subscriptions. GR is perfect for train/tube reeading :-)

  5. 165 feeds in Reader. Though because I read the posts in Reader, I am much less likley to leave a comment…

  6. GReader – 77 feeds

  7. GReader, 82 feeds (and another dozen subscriptions to bookmarks). Let’s not talk about how many unread…

  8. Google Reader with around 30 feeds. Main advantage being able to load and sync read articles between home, job, iphone apps, etc. Staring and searching also work great.

  9. Greader with some 60 feeds

  10. 1000+ feeds (yikes) and Google Reader.

  11. Google reader – 167 feeds for me

  12. Most of those can be deleted without missing anything. I know because I used to have that many feeds

  13. About 100 feeds in Google Reader

  14. Google Reader – 61 subscriptions.

  15. I Combine GR with the app Feedly: it imports my 600+ feeds en presents it wonderfully…

  16. Google Reader and I’ve got it pruned down to 22 subscriptions.

  17. Nice follow-up post Nate. Lots of extra stats.

  18. 187 subscriptions in Google Reader. I’m using it at home, at work and most of all on my mobile phone.

  19. I use it, and follow around 60 (it used to be larger, but I’ve recently had to cut back, I didn’t have enough time each day…).

  20. Google Reader – 208 feeds. Read either in the web client or in Reeder for Mac OS/iOS. I had been using Endo (, but it’s apparently no longer available for download.

  21. Google Reader with 79 subscriptions.

  22. 488, some of them are feeds that resulted from a Google search of specific terms.

  23. Dustin Sullivan // 8 September, 2011 at 5:03 pm //

    Google Reader – 64 subscriptions

  24. 696 feeds in Google Reader

  25. Google Reader with about 100 feeds.

  26. 28 and counting now that I have discovered it!

  27. 545 subscriptions in 20 folders on Gooogle Reader. It is my online hub. I have a Folder just for ebookery…

  28. I use Google Reader to read 194 feeds. I think a lot of them are really for feeds that have stopped posting–really have to get in there and clean it out.

  29. Google reader with 140 subscriptions in a dozen folders. I have 5 folders of different types of blogs, several folders with stuff of interest for different work projects, a couple organising webcomics I read when in that mood, etc.

    I don’t read everything that shows up, especially on some of the big aggregate blogs. But most of my online reading does come from this way.

  30. What is this Google Reader you’re talking about?

    (just kidding, I only read RSS feeds when I’m behind a pc and those 6 I actually do read are in my FF’s bookmarks toolbar)

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