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.

3 comments:

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...

Hi

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!