Google Reader gets its overdue interface refresh

Google Reader gets its overdue interface refresh

Summary: Google Reader abandons old features, gets new layout, and looks toward more Google+ integration.

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Google Reader is finally getting its day in the sun. Just as promised earlier this month, the forgotten Google app for collecting and reading news articles all in one place is getting a revamped design.

Up until now, Google Reader has been a flat-out mess with widgets and links in a haphazard layout of frames, while other products in the Google Apps suite such as Docs and Calendar have all been treated to new looks in the last few months.

Now, Google Reader will look more like a combination of Google+ and the new Gmail user interface. Here's an example:

Reader will be following more in the suit of Google+ than anything else as Google is nixing the existing friending, following, shared items and comments features on Google Reader in favor of similar Google+ functionality. For example, the +1 button will be replacing "Like" option.

Google software engineer Alan Green expressed hope on the official Google Reader blog that users will "like the new Reader (and Google+) as much as we do, but we understand that some of you may not."

Retiring Reader's sharing features wasn't a decision that we made lightly, but in the end, it helps us focus on fewer areas, and build an even better experience across all of Google.

Green also promised that the new Google Reader will be up, live and running "before the day's over." For those who are not interested in the new look but still somehow stayed avid Google Readers this whole time, they can use the subscription export feature to take all of that data with them.

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  • Missing sharing

    The revision on the user interface is fine, but loosing the sharing functionality is not innovation. I loved seeing what things that I've subscribed to were shared by others. It drew my attention to what was significant.
    courtneyengle
    • This.

      @courtneyengle I totally agree. Social networking functionalities of Google Reader were completely dismantled, and ties to Google+ were added in their place, but those don't perform the same functions. Also the contacts one had only on Google Reader were lost.
      cameigons
    • Google gets a free pass

      @courtneyengle If MS did this, the title would be: M$ axes features, users suffer.
      otaddy
      • RE: Google Reader gets its overdue interface refresh

        @otaddy <br>Google reader doesn't have a monopoly. If you don't like it, use something else. They already gave you all the tools to export.

        What do you mean a free pass? I don't think I've ever seen so much backlash for a product so few use. Complaints about this are all over the web.
        anono
  • Sharing Replace by Another Brick in the Google Walled Garden

    They removed the sharing because they want all roads to lead to Google+:

    http://smoothspan.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/google-reader-another-brick-in-googles-garden-wall/

    The UI update wasn't nearly worth the loss.
    BobWarfield
    • RE: Google Reader gets its overdue interface refresh

      @BobWarfield I agree, I lost my ability now to cross-share to facebook and twitter through the rss feed... and we can't even read our circle's news on Googler Reader...
      raul.vejar@...
  • RE: Google Reader gets its overdue interface refresh

    If the margins on the new layout hurts your eyes, there's a userscript to fix that: <a href="http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/116850" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/116850</a>
    Aintaer
  • RE: Google Reader gets its overdue interface refresh

    The toolbar and search box use too much (vertical) space, also the border color makes the UI not as good as the previous one.
    GraphiteCube
  • HTML5 Integration at Its best

    Boy did google reader need a revamp and I am glad google did it using HTML 5 which was pretty awesome
    the integration of G+ rocks
    http://thetechnologycafe.com/google-reader-gets-html-5-overhaulnew-featuresreview-pictures/
    samzbest@...