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?

35 thoughts on “Do you use Google Reader?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. I don’t know a thing about Google Reader (not kidding), but I really don’t need even more material I don’ t have time to read…

  6. Definitely. Its the google product I use most. Have over a hundred feeds, which I use with both Feedly and Flipboard as front ends which I use multiple times per day.

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