Google Reader Graduation Correction

Apologies for taking so long, but I just found an error in my old “” post. The unread count displayed is not exact above 1000 items; it uses the old “+” thing, displaying “1000+”. Personally, I’d rather this plus limit was removed rather than raised, but you know, it’s Google’s world. Yipes, almost six weeks before catching that. I definitely need to improve my error-catching speed.

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Google’s Quietness About Releases

Since Google bought the Urchin company in 2005, and since then has been extremely quiet about the upgrade Urchin promised in late 2004. The Urchin 6 upgrade has never been released, though the Google Analytics website says, “Urchin 6 software will not be free when it is released.” It goes on to say that customers who purchased extended service contracts that have expired will be offered a free upgrade, though there is no indication at all of the product’s release date, now approximately three years overdue. Current customers are getting antsy about Google’s keeping mum, and it certainly would worry…

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Goodbye, Old Reader Interface

Looking at the settings pages for Google Reader, Google has apparently dropped the option to use the original interface. Formerly available on the “Preferences” tab, the checkbox to “Revert to the previous version of Google Reader” has disappeared. My guess is, with the upgrades they’ve added like drop-down menus, custom-styled buttons, and search, the Reader team decided that they wouldn’t bother integrating new features into an old, probably buggy, interface, designed before they even added Trends. Adding a search box, a Trends link, and all the subscription tools would be hard work, and it’s likely that not many people still…

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Google Reader Graduates from Labs

I just noticed that Google Reader has graduated from Google’s Labs development area and has moved on to become a full-fledged service. Not only has the interface been tweaked, but they actually show you the exact number of unread items you have (instead of displaying “100+” once you surpass 100) and have finally implemented…a SEARCH BOX!!! This is a big day for Google Reader fans, and I expect this to generate some buzz in the blogosphere, if it hasn’t already started. Looks like all those feature requests to the Google Reader Group were being taken to heart after all.

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