Saturday, October 15, 2005

Google Reader

Google released its Feed reader publicly a few days ago and I'm amazed at how quickly it has improved since I first tried it out internally. It is a testiment to the Google Reader crew's speed and excellence. I have since migrated from bloglines to the reader allowing me to make some more solid observations than my passing usage previously.

  1. Editing tags for a feed does not update the subscription list immediatly, a page refresh is needed.
  2. FAST! I know a lot of people are saying that the reader is slow, but when Google is not having backend problems the UI is amazingly responsive.
  3. Does anyone know how to export feeds without having to log in, or via some programatic interface? I tried the gmail ATOM feed method of base64 encoding a username:password string and adding it as a basic authenticaiton header but it didn't work. Help please?
    authstring = base64.encodestring('username:password')[:-1]
    request = urllib2.Request('http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export')
    request.add_header('Authorization', 'Basic %s' % authstring)
    feed = urllib2.urlopen(request).read(); print feed
    
  4. I would like to be able to prioritize my feeds so that when I only have a few minutes to look at my blogs, I can look at my friends automagically first then leave the less important blogs to the bottom of the list.
  5. Reader is fast! I would suggest trying it out.

username:password string and adding it as a basic authenticaiton header but it didn't work. Help please?

   authstring = base64.encodestring('username:password')[:-1]
   request = urllib2.Request('http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export')
   request.add_header('Authorization', 'Basic %s' % authstring)
   feed = urllib2.urlopen(request).read(); print feed
   
4. I would like to be able to prioritize my feeds so that when I only have a few minutes to look at my blogs, I can look at my friends automagically first then leave the less important blogs to the bottom of the list. 5. Reader is fast! I would suggest trying it out.