Unveiled at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Google Reader wants to keep up with your ever-expanding reading list of content from across the web.
Using this service is extremely easy. Two steps need to be taken to get the wanted news. First you have to enter the name of a news source or author, or a keyword (representing the area of interest). Second, after you get back a list of results, you need to subscribe to the ones you want. You can star or label items you may want to check out again later. Reader will also keep track of what youâ€™ve read and remove those items off your list next time you refresh.
The tool is also integrating with Gmail from which inherits the interface style with starred favorites and keyboard shortcuts.
“We often get asked how anyone’s supposed to keep up with the firehose of stuff launched from the web’s spigot, so we’re offering Reader as a way to help,” explained Google software engineer Chris Wetherell. “Like the Personalized Homepage, it’s a part of Google’s ongoing effort to bring together personalized web content to make information more relevant to users.”
Feedback from users revealed a problem with the service’s speed but probably after exiting the Google labs, the reader will have some dedicated servers.