Posted the following to Google+ but I like to archive things on my own site.
So. New Reader.
• Share-to-Google+ is easy and convenient. Which is, of course, what Google is angling for: driving my sharing activity to this platform. Which makes this actually a dislike, because it feels like I’m being manipulated.
• All the white space at the top—ordinarily I’m a fan of white space (I love the clean look of G+, for example), but in New Reader’s case, it serves to push the post text a good bit farther down the page. Means more scrolling, plus I like to start reading near the top of the screen, not a third of the way down. This layout is totally unworkable for smaller screens.
• The gray folders & RSS symbols in the left column. Dark, heavy, dull.
• I miss +Scott Peterson‘s shared items already. 🙁
ARGH, it’s sinking in more and more—the ramifications of Google nixing the Shared Items part of Reader. This ties in so much to what +Felicia Day was talking about the other day regarding RSS vs stream-sharing. Sure, people can share Reader items to their G+ stream, but it means there’s no one single place you can go to READ those items. They’ll scroll by in your stream. If I want to see what, say, +Scott Peterson has shared (not that he’s likely to because he doesn’t like the way it works now), I’ll have to click onto his profile or risk missing stuff in the stream.I mean, sure, I can do that for HIM. But for all the people whose Shared Items I enjoyed seeing daily? Most of them aren’t even on Plus. And even if they were, I can’t very well click to a bunch of different individual profiles every day.Suppose I could set up a circle for People Who Share Interesting Stuff. Just…more work, more curation.
UPDATED TO ADD: My 16yo has pointed out that the shift from Reader Share to G+ sharing means she is cut off from that content—since she abides by Google’s 18-and-up policy for Plus & doesn’t have an account.
Google, it was working beautifully before. I want a central place to read accumulated posts, not a fast-moving stream I have to swim up.
But not if it’s backward change, change that makes more work for me, or means I’m going to lose a trove of information I found valuable.
In a comment:
Another element of my frustration is something I mentioned the other day. The stuff I shared via Reader was different from the things I share to G+, FB, Twitter. The latter tends to be newsy, informational items. The former, my Reader-share stuff, was often more personal, a lovely glimpse of someone’s day. It feels awkward and sort of invasive to push that into an info-stream.
More thoughts on this topic: I’m looking for a new way to share curated content. And over at GeekMom, I’m discussing why curated content matters.
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