Someone on Twitter quit Google Reader, and man! – that is tempting .1  I still use it to keep up with the entire world, so killing it would unplug me completely – but I’m losing my will to keep up with this torrent of information, when I could be working for clients, or doing Extreme Unnecessary Overtime, or being social, or programming for fun, or playing Dwarf Fortress…  I did these things this week instead of reading Reader obsessively, and then spent much of today clearing the backlog of 538 items I’d accumulated since Tuesday.

(Maybe I could cull out some of the weaker feeds… but even if I did that right now, I’m still going to see my friends’ 130 shared items in the morning about the Congress, guns, Libertarianism, and novelty cupcakes.)

Is it (really) okay to declare Reader Jubilee from time to time and hit the “Mark All As Read” button?  After all, sharing with friends is a communications protocol, and so that might be construed as analogous to not reading my mail!  Sure, I’ve played the “I saw that you shared it, but didn’t click through” card, but will “Reader Jubilee” really play?

Also, is it just me, or are you also falling victim to Really Substantial Syndication?

  1. Not quitting NetFlix, though.  I have little use for the DVD rental service, but it’s worth a handful of bills each month to be able to stream Duck Soup to the Xbox on demand. []

2 Responses to “SO MUCH GOOGLE READER”

  • Perhaps you are just WEAK!

    Seriously, though, I only click through to <10% of all the articles that pass through my Reader instance. It might be slightly above average for the few title-only feeds I subscribe to, but I don’t bother unless I’m missing important bits by not opening the original item. And I skim most stuff, regardless of source. If I find that I’m not reading a feed at all, then I’ll drop it. (As I think I did to Ted ages ago: I like Ted, but his interests and my interests seem to overlap so little as to make my reading his shared items an exercise in mutual disinterest.)

    I operate on the assumption that other people do more or less the same thing, reading the things that sound interesting and skimming or outright skipping the stuff that isn’t.

  • What? What! You read all your mail (email?)?!?? What’s more, you feel that you have a social contract requiring you to read anything that any person sends you?

    Haha, yes, I think you can skip some of those spam posts that people build up, they don’t have an override lock on your time.

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