Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Beginner's Guide to Google Reader

Google Reader is a great new tool from Google. It can be accessed with your Google Account from or from the link on the top of your GMail, Docs or other Google services pages.

In a nutshell, it is a service that helps you to bring the web to you. If you're like me you have a number of websites you read articles on, everyday. It could be news, tech tips, my site, for example. Google Reader brings all the new stuff from your favorite website in one place. It looks for new articles and pages, and organises it in a flowing list. When you read each one, scrolling down, it knows you are done with it. It marks it 'read'.

To get started bringing articles to you, just click on the button in the top right. Type in the website. It works best with sites that provide RSS feeds. For others, it detects changes and smartly summarizes it for you.

Now you will get all my new posts there. It you notice, it puts a blue border around the article you are reading right now. Once this happens, it is marked as read. You can click a little button on the bottom of the article to keep it unread.

You can rename the subscriptions or unsubscribe from sites by clicking the little arrow beside the title. The numbers show the amount of new content in each subscription, just like your email inbox.

So that's it. Google Reader is a simple, fun way to bring your part of the web to you, just beside your inbox (if you use GMail). Go ahead, explore and discover other great features. Use it to get your daily news, from BBC, CNN, and other places, all in one place.