Google Reader Embraces Universal Translator



It looks as if users have yet another reason to place yet another part of their life on Google’s servers.

Google Reader has just launched a feature that will allow bloggers to translate feeds from international sites/blogs into their native tongue.

(Google Reader) Next time you find an interesting feed in another language, just subscribe to it as normal in Reader. When you view the feed in Reader, check off “Translate into my language” in the feed settings, and (voila!) the feed will be immediately translated for you. Also, this setting will be saved so you can always view this feed in your own language.

It will be interesting to see whether the competition (note: mainly Bloglines) responds to this new feature, as it could convince the masses to switch over to Google Reader.

Awesome! Google Reader Expands Reader Trends (Reveals Who The Slackers Are)



After previously releasing trends for Google Reader, it looks as if the Google team has done it again by providing even more detail on not only the feeds that you read, but on how often they publish articles.

(Google Reader Blog) Some of us on the Reader team are obsessed with keeping our unread counts low so we wondered if we were being driven by the posting schedule of our subscriptions. We thought the chart might be more interesting if we showed when posts were coming into Reader, so we are now graphing published statistics on the same chart. For example, in my set of subscriptions, even though I’m reading the majority of items in the evening, new posts seem to arrive in the middle of the day. […]

We also wanted to expose more fine-grained data. While it’s useful to know what your overall reading trends are, we thought it might be interesting to also display this data on a subscription by subscription level.

What’s interesting about this new feature is that it allows bloggers to see how frequently some of the top (or bottom) blogs post throughout the day/week/month, which may help those striving to break into the coveted “A-list” understand the habits of some of the blogs they frequently read.

It will be intersting to see how other online rivals such as NewsGator and BlogLines (which is now working again).

WTF Blog Clutter Design: How Many Feed Icons Do You Need?

RSS Feed icon

A question came up during this WTF Blog Design Clutter series asking how many feed icons to we need on our blogs. We looked at feed clutter on your blog but how many is too many and which ones do you need?

How many do you think you need?

The two most popular feed types are RSS and Atom. That’s it. How many feed icons do you have on your blog? Hmm?

These are the types of feed, the code that generates the feeds based upon XML formats. From here, there are different types of content that can go into the feed, various off-site alternatives for handling your feeds (called feed subscription services), and many colorful, cluttering feed icons that promote all the different feed readers. [Read more…]

WTF Blog Design Clutter: Incoming Feed Clutter

Example of feeds in a blog sidebar

Yesterday, we looked at the clutter that can be found on many blogs for visually displaying outgoing feed information. Today, let’s explore the clutter of incoming feeds as part of the WTF Blog Design Clutter series.

With the ease of adding incoming feeds to your blog through widgets, bloggers are stuffing their sidebars with incoming feeds. Incoming feeds have become the next generation blogroll. Like the long blogroll lists, these incoming feeds can quickly get out of control.

At first, this made sense. If you want to recommend specific blogs and content, then having a feed or feed aggregator in your blog’s sidebar acted like a scrolling ticker blogroll in a way, giving your readers more options to explore. Unfortunately, many bloggers found too many visitors were finding the help they needed on those incoming feed links, clicking away instead of digging in deeper to their own blogs.
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