Stay Updated with Reader Notifier

Published on January 20th, 2009.

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).

Reader NotifierBut 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!

You can find the application here.

  • http://www.2jpn.com Japan Information

    Good little app, but I think I’d prefer to just go to the reader. Just too many feeds, and I wouldn’t know where to start filtering.

    I have, however, installed GMail notifier, which will give a little “ding” whenever there’s new mail.

    Good to see you writing about mac apps on here though. Just discovered this blog. And it’s now in my feed reader!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Well yeah, if you have too many feeds and really follow everyone of them regularly, this app might just be annoying. As for emails, I use an app similar to GMail notifier. It’s called Mail Unread Menu and is for Apple’s Mail application which I use nowadays.

      Thanks for subscribing! :)

  • http://www.2jpn.com Japan Information

    Good little app, but I think I’d prefer to just go to the reader. Just too many feeds, and I wouldn’t know where to start filtering.

    I have, however, installed GMail notifier, which will give a little “ding” whenever there’s new mail.

    Good to see you writing about mac apps on here though. Just discovered this blog. And it’s now in my feed reader!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Well yeah, if you have too many feeds and really follow everyone of them regularly, this app might just be annoying. As for emails, I use an app similar to GMail notifier. It’s called Mail Unread Menu and is for Apple’s Mail application which I use nowadays.

      Thanks for subscribing! :)

  • http://www.snapixel.com Photo Sharing

    Finally someone who can write a good blog ! . This is the kind of information that is useful to those want to increase their SERP’s.

    I loved your post and will be telling others about it. Subscribing to your RSS feed now. Thanks

  • http://www.snapixel.com Photo Sharing

    Finally someone who can write a good blog ! . This is the kind of information that is useful to those want to increase their SERP’s.

    I loved your post and will be telling others about it. Subscribing to your RSS feed now. Thanks

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