Stay Updated with Reader Notifier
Subscribing to feeds has always been a bit of a hassle to me, I’ve used various feed readers but I’ve never been really satisfied. I don’t like reading posts in the actual feed reader, reading the original post is a must for me. That is because there’s so much you’re missing out on by reading the post in a feed reader, like embedded video, comments and most importantly, the design that the post was made for (sizing of images and whatnot).
But I do still want to be notified about new posts, and Twitter doesn’t always keep me up to date since it’s easy to miss tweets every now and then. Of course you could use any feed reader and just click the link to the original post, but that’s just annoying. The solution, for us Mac users at least, is Reader Notifier.
Basically, Reader Notifier is an extension for Google Reader. It’s a simple little program that resides in your menubar, which notifies you when you have unread items in your Reader. The notifier is in sync with Google Reader, so every time you click on an item, it’s marked as read in the reader as well. If you’re like me and have a lot of feeds in Google Reader, you can set it to only notify you on certain labels, I’m currently only getting updates on the blogs I’m subscribed to, since that is what I want to check on a regular basis.
It really is a simple program so there’s really no need for me to go on about it, just give it a try!