So, I thought I'd write a little bit about some of the features that make Google Reader especially useful:
1. Easy Sharing:
If you look over on the right hand column of this blog, you'll see a box titled "Interesting Articles (Reviews, etc..)" This is a Google Reader widget. Now, when I'm reading through blogs on Google Reader, if I read a post that I think might be interesting to you, my readers, I click on the link for "share" at the bottom of that post, and it automatically gets added to that little box on the sidebar.
It is also easy to e-mail posts to a friend, by just clicking the e-mail link at the bottom of each post. (I often e-mail random articles to my boyfriend such as "16 Year Old Has Playstation Confiscated: Hires Hitman to Kill Parents")
2. Keyboard shortcuts:
I'm one of those people who will happily avoid using the mouse if at all possible. There's a whole list of them here, but I regularly use:
- s for star
- t for tag
- n for next
- p for previous
- gt to bring up a list of all the tags
And last, but definitely not least...
This was actually only recently added to Google Reader, and is wonderful. So many times, I find myself saying "I know I read something about that somewhere." Now, I can actually find those article again (even if I didn't actually remember to tag them)
As a rather pathetic example, I was recently telling a co-worker about this one Unshelved strip about RFID, and I knew that I had read it in Google Reader and that I had starred it. So I simply did a search for "unshelved" within my Starred Items, and quickly found the item I was looking for. (I also used the search feature just now to find the above-mentioned article).
So, if you haven't already -- go check it out (and don't forget to subscribe to my feed!)