October 7, 2005

First Day Jitters

We released the Google Reader today, which is best described as an RSS aggregator. It's having a few small release problems, but knowing my co-workers, it should stabilize soon. Congrats to the team for getting it out there! Awesome keyboard shortcuts. Love that.


Adam Lasnik said...

Hey Chris,

I'm thrilled that Google has entered this space. As you probably already know, I'm a huge fan of Gmail and thinking about moving ALL my mail there... and also super-pleased with Maps.

With that said, though, I must respectfully note that I'm rather disappointed with Google Reader... and not from a okay-it's-beta-there's-bound-to-be-some-instability/bugs standpoint. It just seems that -- some very nice features and slickness aside -- it's rather "google-looking" at the expense of usability and intuitiveness.

I'll remain cautiously optimistic, and I hope you don't think I'm being unduly harsh.

Chris DiBona said...

Nah, it's not too harsh. I'm actually a big believer in launching thin, early and then often. My usability needs are served by hitting the J key like a crack addicted monkey. There are some things I'd , well, maybe not change but make more obvious, like the way you can pull up feeds that are just from one blog or something.

I'll go read your post now :-)

Anonymous said...


Here's an idea for google.org which shouldn't be too much of an ask for you guys - sorry for going offtopic!

Why not make it easy for people to have ads for their blogs/sites but with revenue going to a designated charity? I mean, minimal setup, no credit card/Paypal details, and generally hassle-free?

You could probably get Google a nice tax exemption too!