Last night I did an OPML export of my subscriptions and imported them into Google Reader. Here's what I learned from that process:
- Google Reader intelligently applied labels to the sub-groups of feeds in my single large OPML file.
- The system made to attempt to warn me of feeds that it could not import. I'm certain there are a few which were password protected or otherwise not accessible to the public. This strikes me as an important omission.
- Though I was subscribed to all of the imported feeds, it took several hours for the Google Reader to "get" that. There were no unread items initially, and trying to select feeds by
taglabel resulted in a confusing user experience.
- You cannot "mark all as read" but they're apparently working on that.
- You cannot search within your own subscriptions. Again, this strikes me as a serious shortcoming.
- The Google Reader Group is well attended by some of the Google Reader engineers. This is impressive.
Having said all that, the product has improved a lot since I first kicked the tires. It's responsive and uncluttered. You can even turn off the fancy animation. Like Gmail, it seems to have a bit of a learning curve (good keyboard shortcuts but no folders), but I'm trying to keep an open mind about it. I suspect I'll end up unsubscribing from a few of my marginally useful feeds just to keep the clutter down.
I'll try to document the pros and cons I run into along the way.
Have you tried switching to Google Reader? What was your experience like?
Update: Okay, screw that...
Posted by jzawodn at July 10, 2006 06:54 AM