All the good stuff is on other blogs

I am now permanently addicted to Google Reader and am not using other news aggregators anymore. Why? Keyboard shortcuts. J, J, J, K, Shift-S, J, J, J, Shift-S. Also because I got a Mac and a Windows machine now and it’s just easier to use a Web browser to read feeds (and I’m not so anal about reading feeds on planes anymore).

Google Reader brings me a “river” of latest items that I use keyboard shortcuts to go through. It’s much faster to read feeds this way. I just wish they would allow me to see the river full screen and get rid of the list of blogs I’m subscribed to. Once I’m subscribed I don’t care anymore.

What did I just “Shift-S”? You can read my link blog to see. But the last thing is a TechCrunch post, which shows that Google has a full-size replica of SpaceShipOne and are putting it in their building 43.

That reminds me. This week coming up is Blog Business Summit week and there’s a few things that people who are visiting Seattle should go and see.

1) Museum of Flight.
2) Seattle Library.
3) The 747 plant. (Largest building in the world by volume).
4) First Starbucks.

Anyway, all the cool stuff is on other blogs. J J J J J J J J…

86 thoughts on “All the good stuff is on other blogs

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I decided to try to live with just Google Reader instead of NetNewsWire (which is a fine feed reeder) and it looks like I won’t be heading back to NNW any time soon.

    Great source of information you have going here Robert.

    Mike,
    http://www.blindsquirrel.org

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  2. I couldn’t agree more. I decided to try to live with just Google Reader instead of NetNewsWire (which is a fine feed reeder) and it looks like I won’t be heading back to NNW any time soon.

    Great source of information you have going here Robert.

    Mike,
    http://www.blindsquirrel.org

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  3. Hey Robert, even better than J,J,J is:
    Spacebar = J
    Shift+Spacebar = K
    and yes as Aaron mentioned, “u” hides/unhides the sidebar.
    The Google Reader is the best RSS reader bar none.
    And the BEST part is they’re just gettin’ started.
    Gotta LOVE Google !!!

    Cheers

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  4. Hey Robert, even better than J,J,J is:
    Spacebar = J
    Shift+Spacebar = K
    and yes as Aaron mentioned, “u” hides/unhides the sidebar.
    The Google Reader is the best RSS reader bar none.
    And the BEST part is they’re just gettin’ started.
    Gotta LOVE Google !!!

    Cheers

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  5. This is the greatest could use an offline reader to make it perfect, but I can wait. Here is the list of those wonderful shortcuts:
    * j/k: next/previous item
    * space/ + space: next/previous item or page
    * n/p: scan down/up (list only)
    * o/enter: expand/collapse (list only)
    * s: star item
    * + s: share item
    * v: view original
    * t: tag item
    * m: mark item as read
    * r: refresh
    * u: toggle full screen mode
    * + a: mark all as read
    * 1: switch to expanded view
    * 2: switch to list view
    * + n/p: next/previous subscription
    * + x: expand folder
    * + o: open subscription or folder
    * g then h: go home
    * g then a: go to all items
    * g then s: go to starred items
    * g then t: open tag selector
    * g then u: open subscription selector

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  6. This is the greatest could use an offline reader to make it perfect, but I can wait. Here is the list of those wonderful shortcuts:
    * j/k: next/previous item
    * space/ + space: next/previous item or page
    * n/p: scan down/up (list only)
    * o/enter: expand/collapse (list only)
    * s: star item
    * + s: share item
    * v: view original
    * t: tag item
    * m: mark item as read
    * r: refresh
    * u: toggle full screen mode
    * + a: mark all as read
    * 1: switch to expanded view
    * 2: switch to list view
    * + n/p: next/previous subscription
    * + x: expand folder
    * + o: open subscription or folder
    * g then h: go home
    * g then a: go to all items
    * g then s: go to starred items
    * g then t: open tag selector
    * g then u: open subscription selector

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  7. You should try adding the Google reader to the personalized Google home page. You can skim all the latest blog entries you’re subscribed to from there as well and not worry about seeing the list of blogs.

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  8. You should try adding the Google reader to the personalized Google home page. You can skim all the latest blog entries you’re subscribed to from there as well and not worry about seeing the list of blogs.

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  9. Forgot about the html – all of the shortcuts that start with a + have a SHIFT in front of them, for example: SHIFT + x – expand folder.

    Sorry about that

    Guy

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  10. Forgot about the html – all of the shortcuts that start with a + have a SHIFT in front of them, for example: SHIFT + x – expand folder.

    Sorry about that

    Guy

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  11. just to reiterate what Aaron B. Hockley said, use “u” to hide the blog list.
    unfortunately there is not visual indication, like a

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  12. just to reiterate what Aaron B. Hockley said, use “u” to hide the blog list.
    unfortunately there is not visual indication, like a

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  13. one more thing – to make the keyboard shortcut reading complete, i think there needs a modified “v”.
    Use ‘v’ to open the item in a new window/tab, but unfortunately doing so takes the focus away from the Reader tab. I would like ‘v’ or something else to open the item in a background tab.

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  14. one more thing – to make the keyboard shortcut reading complete, i think there needs a modified “v”.
    Use ‘v’ to open the item in a new window/tab, but unfortunately doing so takes the focus away from the Reader tab. I would like ‘v’ or something else to open the item in a background tab.

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  15. > I just wish they would allow me to see the river
    > full screen and get rid of the list of blogs Iโ€™m
    > subscribed to. Once Iโ€™m subscribed I donโ€™t care
    > anymore.

    Try hitting “u”.

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  16. > I just wish they would allow me to see the river
    > full screen and get rid of the list of blogs Iโ€™m
    > subscribed to. Once Iโ€™m subscribed I donโ€™t care
    > anymore.

    Try hitting “u”.

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  17. Bloglines has this, too. I prefer it because it just feels snappier than Google Reader. I may be wrong, but I think Bloglines had it before Google Reader.

    But yes, j j j is the way to go.

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  18. Bloglines has this, too. I prefer it because it just feels snappier than Google Reader. I may be wrong, but I think Bloglines had it before Google Reader.

    But yes, j j j is the way to go.

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  19. J is helpful but when you get to 20 items, it takes to long to load the next 20 items! It ruins my surfing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is the best reader though, I love it, even having to wait an extra 10 seconds for the next items to load.

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  20. J is helpful but when you get to 20 items, it takes to long to load the next 20 items! It ruins my surfing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is the best reader though, I love it, even having to wait an extra 10 seconds for the next items to load.

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  21. I was an onfolio user for a long time, then Microsoft bought it out and doesn’t look like they will be supporting firefox anymore. So I tried out rojo and bloglines, loved rojo except for no shortcuts so I switched to bloglines. Now since google readers upgrades it will take me a lot of convincing to switch from google reader. JJJ K JJJ ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and don’t forget the M shortcut or the S shortcut.

    -Jeff

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  22. I was an onfolio user for a long time, then Microsoft bought it out and doesn’t look like they will be supporting firefox anymore. So I tried out rojo and bloglines, loved rojo except for no shortcuts so I switched to bloglines. Now since google readers upgrades it will take me a lot of convincing to switch from google reader. JJJ K JJJ ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and don’t forget the M shortcut or the S shortcut.

    -Jeff

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  23. Bloglines gets my vote.

    It’s faster and the layout makes more sense to me. I think it even has an offline mode too, but I have not used it.

    Oh, and it works great in Opera Mobile to!

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  24. Bloglines gets my vote.

    It’s faster and the layout makes more sense to me. I think it even has an offline mode too, but I have not used it.

    Oh, and it works great in Opera Mobile to!

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  25. I’m still SharpReadering it, Google Reader reminds me of a flow reader circa the CLHish Vi era…

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  26. I’m still SharpReadering it, Google Reader reminds me of a flow reader circa the CLHish Vi era…

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  27. Has anyone noticed that when loading Google Reader that if you have the Skype phone number tagging thingy (the thing that finds phone numbers in sites), that reader cannot load. I get a nice Error on page from IE7 but when I de-activate the skype thing it works fine! – I do hope it’s not just me!

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  28. Has anyone noticed that when loading Google Reader that if you have the Skype phone number tagging thingy (the thing that finds phone numbers in sites), that reader cannot load. I get a nice Error on page from IE7 but when I de-activate the skype thing it works fine! – I do hope it’s not just me!

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  29. I’ve switched from Bloglines to Google Reader recently. I used to think Bloglines was great, but then it started to niggle me. For example, it’s frame based so I couldn’t imbed it in a iframe on my start page I set up. Also, it’s pretty darn ugly. On a whim, I tried out Google Reader and there’s no way I’m going back. Much prettier interface, single frame, and river of news. It’s also much more interesting to read feeds all intermingled rather than by category (Gen Dev, Web Design, F1, etc.) like I used to.

    One thing: I’m using n and p to go forwards and back. Don’t know why — I tried it (as a Google Calendar user) and it works, even though it’s listed as something else.

    One thing I find annoying is v loads in a new window but I’m convinced I set FF to load new windows as new tabs. If possible, it’d be nice to have a t for load in new tab or something (or is this just my FF settings whacked!)

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  30. I’ve switched from Bloglines to Google Reader recently. I used to think Bloglines was great, but then it started to niggle me. For example, it’s frame based so I couldn’t imbed it in a iframe on my start page I set up. Also, it’s pretty darn ugly. On a whim, I tried out Google Reader and there’s no way I’m going back. Much prettier interface, single frame, and river of news. It’s also much more interesting to read feeds all intermingled rather than by category (Gen Dev, Web Design, F1, etc.) like I used to.

    One thing: I’m using n and p to go forwards and back. Don’t know why — I tried it (as a Google Calendar user) and it works, even though it’s listed as something else.

    One thing I find annoying is v loads in a new window but I’m convinced I set FF to load new windows as new tabs. If possible, it’d be nice to have a t for load in new tab or something (or is this just my FF settings whacked!)

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  31. Also, I miss my Bloglines Subscribe to Feed bookmarklet. I tried the GR Greasemonkey script but I think my Greasemonkey install is fubarred. Oh well, will have to wait for FF2 on Tuesday for their RSS subscription stuff.

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  32. Also, I miss my Bloglines Subscribe to Feed bookmarklet. I tried the GR Greasemonkey script but I think my Greasemonkey install is fubarred. Oh well, will have to wait for FF2 on Tuesday for their RSS subscription stuff.

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  33. Whatever its merits as a reader, there’s a big drawback with Reader as a medium for publishing: for those of us using other tools (and I am sticking with Onfolio until I see a really compelling reason to change even though development is frozen), there is no way of subscribing. There is something which claims to be an Atom link in the HTML, but it comes up empty. The subscribe option within Reader seems to be about creating a closed system – which doesn’t work for me.

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  34. Whatever its merits as a reader, there’s a big drawback with Reader as a medium for publishing: for those of us using other tools (and I am sticking with Onfolio until I see a really compelling reason to change even though development is frozen), there is no way of subscribing. There is something which claims to be an Atom link in the HTML, but it comes up empty. The subscribe option within Reader seems to be about creating a closed system – which doesn’t work for me.

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  35. Has the multi platform thing altered your perspective on email too? That is the reason that I use webmail these days.

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  36. Has the multi platform thing altered your perspective on email too? That is the reason that I use webmail these days.

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  37. If you’d like to share your starred items, you can on your site or through your public page, too. Go to Settings > Tags.

    I have put the links to starred articles on my site and it has been generating quite a bit of traffic.

    Doug

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  38. If you’d like to share your starred items, you can on your site or through your public page, too. Go to Settings > Tags.

    I have put the links to starred articles on my site and it has been generating quite a bit of traffic.

    Doug

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  39. Robert – thanks, I had found that, but Onfolio sits there doing nothing with it. Having poked around a bit, maybe I have been imagining Atom support in Onfolio. I knew I was going to have to find an alternative at some point, but was hoping to put it off for longer – for most things Onfolio does exactly what I want it to.

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  40. Robert – thanks, I had found that, but Onfolio sits there doing nothing with it. Having poked around a bit, maybe I have been imagining Atom support in Onfolio. I knew I was going to have to find an alternative at some point, but was hoping to put it off for longer – for most things Onfolio does exactly what I want it to.

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  41. One drawback to the Google reader that I discovered today was for blogs that require subscription creds, there is no place for that and therefore no feed…

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  42. One drawback to the Google reader that I discovered today was for blogs that require subscription creds, there is no place for that and therefore no feed…

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  43. I also have completely switched to google reader. I panned the earlier version and settled on bloglines. I was happy with google reader, but when I discovered that j,j,j in list view would expand only the entry I was reading I was in heaven.

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  44. I also have completely switched to google reader. I panned the earlier version and settled on bloglines. I was happy with google reader, but when I discovered that j,j,j in list view would expand only the entry I was reading I was in heaven.

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  45. In Bloglines I cruise through my feeds with ‘j’ and ‘s’ (to go to the next feed).
    In Google reader, it’s ‘j’ and then Shift-n AND Shift-o to go to the next feed.

    Other than All Items, is there a quicker way to speed through feed in Google Reader?

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  46. In Bloglines I cruise through my feeds with ‘j’ and ‘s’ (to go to the next feed).
    In Google reader, it’s ‘j’ and then Shift-n AND Shift-o to go to the next feed.

    Other than All Items, is there a quicker way to speed through feed in Google Reader?

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  47. I use All Items. I want a river with all the feeds mixed together. I don’t want to read feeds one by one anymore.

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  48. I use All Items. I want a river with all the feeds mixed together. I don’t want to read feeds one by one anymore.

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  49. To get the items all intermingled, make sure you only list the updated feeds. Then click on “All Items” in the upper left hand corner under “Home”. Press the “U” to get an almost full screen (it gets rid of the list).

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  50. To get the items all intermingled, make sure you only list the updated feeds. Then click on “All Items” in the upper left hand corner under “Home”. Press the “U” to get an almost full screen (it gets rid of the list).

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  51. I love it too. Just as soon as they can provide robust feed search and sync my feeds with Feedemon online sync service or provide an offline reader for my mobile / offline reading needs, I’d switch to it full time.

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  52. I love it too. Just as soon as they can provide robust feed search and sync my feeds with Feedemon online sync service or provide an offline reader for my mobile / offline reading needs, I’d switch to it full time.

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  53. I like Google Reader, too, and keep coming back to it (although I would stick with Flock if Flock were the best browser on my laptop but it’s not–Opera is).

    Anyway, one thing I don’t like about Google Reader is the “look” of it. I really like the little favicons beside feed but Google only shows the generic one.

    Oh well, I guess that’s not that big of a deal…lol.

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  54. I like Google Reader, too, and keep coming back to it (although I would stick with Flock if Flock were the best browser on my laptop but it’s not–Opera is).

    Anyway, one thing I don’t like about Google Reader is the “look” of it. I really like the little favicons beside feed but Google only shows the generic one.

    Oh well, I guess that’s not that big of a deal…lol.

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  55. I know I’m a little late commenting, but I love Google Reader. I think I’m addicted to it also. That’s funny you mention the first Starbucks in Seattle. I have an aunt that used to work there.

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  56. I know I’m a little late commenting, but I love Google Reader. I think I’m addicted to it also. That’s funny you mention the first Starbucks in Seattle. I have an aunt that used to work there.

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