Cheeseburger Gothic

Does anyone here still use Google Reader, besides Hitler?

Posted March 15, 2013 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

Because apparently more than half the traffic thru the Burger is sourced from it. That doesn't mean it's going to get very quiet around here any time soon. I imagine most of the regulars have the site bookmarked or can just type in the first few letters of the addy.

But thousands of hits a month come from Reader. From lurkers and random drop ins, I assume.

So, with the redesign due to launch soon, I'm kind of curious for some anecdotal information about how people end up here. Lurkers in particular.

115 Responses to ‘Does anyone here still use Google Reader, besides Hitler?’

insomniac would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
i first arrived here through reading blunty. these days it's a bookmark

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Surtac asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
Yeah. Big user. I generally have it open in a tab all day long.

I find it an almost perfect aggregator for all of the disparate stuff I follow and I'm not happy it's going away.

I'm very much open to suggestions as to what to replace it with. I had a look at The Old Reader yesterday after the announcement, but their servers were already in meltdown.

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An Idle Dad puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
Me! I'm on Google Reader right now and then click through to the articles you post that sound interesting (most of them, rest assured).

I 'might' click through from a twitter link you post, but 99% is from Google Reader.

I'm just looking at alternative RSS feeders, I'm sure a decent drag-and-drop replacement (like the one Digg just announced ten minutes ago) will be in place by then.

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UncySpam ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
yup I love Google Reader... I've commented once or twice but mostly just read...

Try Feedly if you are looking for an alternative, its not great, but it does the job until a new free contender arrives...

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Phil would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm a lurker and I access your blog, like all the other internet sites that I regularly visit from Google Reader.

I'm very disappointed that Google are closing Google Reader down from the first of July but I guess it was good while it lasted. Right now I'm trying some replacements. Feedly [http://www.feedly.com] seems to work very well and very simple to transfer all my feeds from Reader to it.

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Kevin Munro has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
I use it for up to 2 hours a day, every day. I was mortified at the news. I use the Reeder iOS client who have said they'll move to another sync service, thank god.

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johnbirmingham puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
Wow.

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johnbirmingham mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
Oddly enough I'm not much of an RSS reader. I have a bunch of disparate newstrackers and sites I follow, looking for stuff to blog about. It's all very old school. Pull down the menu, go to the home page, look around for a bit. I'm sort of glad now I never caught up with the moment and used Reader.

Gruber had a link to a rant from another blogger this morning that explained it very well, I thought:

Reader made its first public appearance a couple of months before this, in October 2005. I remember this period well - it was a time of immense excitement, when RSS seemed to be the future, the news ecosystem was vibrant, and this thing called the blogosphere, fueled by peer subscription, was doubling in size every six months. It was into this magic garden that Google wandered, like a giant toddler leaving destruction in its wake. Reader was undeniably a good product, but it's best quality was also its worst: it was free. Subsidized by Google's immense search profits, it never had to earn its keep, and its competitors started to die. Over time, the "hyper competitive" RSS reader market turned into a monoculture. Today, on the eve of its shutdown, RSS more or less means "Google Reader" to a large fraction of readers, to the extent where even the best feed readers on IOS are just Google Reader clients1.

The sudden shock of Reader's closure will harm a news ecosystem that I already believe to be deeply ill. Google Reader is not just a core part of my information diet - it's also the most direct channel I have to readers of this blog. As of today, the Reader subscriber count for corte.si stands at about 3 times the total number of other subscribers combined. Some of these readers will migrate to other services and stay in touch, but many will inevitably abandon the idea of direct subscription to blogs entirely. In the next few months, tens of thousands of small blogs will lose direct contact with a large fraction of their readers.

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NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
Sorry for the Off Topic, but I believe thanks are in order.

"...instead imagine two ferocious egomaniacs turning purple with rage and gobbing poison phlegm into each other's eyes, chances are you'd be right on the money."

Macarthur V.S Bligh. Leviathon P273 (ppbk)

Thankyou JB, you've made my day.

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Dave W would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
I think, but I'd have to go home and check and I'm notoriously lazy, I discovered your blog from a sleeve note or list of 'other things by the author' at the front of one of the books.

How's that for old skool?

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pitpat is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
Same here, Dave W, I think it was on one of the AoT auhor notes that I first heard of CheeseBurger Gothic and then about a year before I felt comfortable commenting. RSS feeds I never got but then again I can be a bit of a luddite- still don't get farcebook.

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
WTF is Google Reader and what's RSS?

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Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
Initially via the Great JSPace Collapse. Now it's just bookmarked.

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Daniel reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
I subscribe through Google Reader, and that's how I got here today. I love RSS and I'm not sure how I'd approach things without it. I think I would just end up losing track of most sites, including this one, if they weren't in my feeds.

I'm assuming I'll have to find an alternative RSS client. I like akregator at home on my linux desktop, but of course that's no use at work (windows) or on my phone, and doesn't sync between systems at all.

Sigh!

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LegalLibrarian mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm a lurker. I have had your site bookmarked since you were a guest at a law library conference last year. I haven't used Google reader for a while now.

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Shep asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
I read all of your articles on google reader along with 133 other blogs I've subscribed to.
Only click through to comments occasionally if it looks like it might be interesting

I love Reader it because it looks unassuming, so it can stay open all day at work without too many issues + it works with multiple browsers so I can be sure it'll work no matter which computer I end up on (various clients, project sites etc).

I always wondered about it's future though, cause there are no ads, from Google or from any of the subscriptions.

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Daniel ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
Shep: +1 to using Google Reader at work

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Moz would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
GR for me is an RSS reader that works on phone, laptop, desktop, other phone and work, plus syncs between them. Amazingly, it's fairly usable on a 3" screen phone (more usable than most things). I'll be replacing it with something that does the same stuff, ideally with something that lets me say "on the phone, never show me this set of feeds" (one thing GR doesn't do is let me dump the high volume feeds that are just annoying in a one-click-and-waitforitwaitforitwaaaait-next-item device. I used to run a dedicated aggregator on my website but it stopped working and I was already using GR on my phone so I just switched. I might have to switch back, which means fixing the mobile version of my personal site.

I've only hit the proper web page to make this comment, and only coz I'm reading your blog with my phone leaning on a full size keyboard... it's easier to find the site and comment using that than faff about with the OSC on the phone.

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HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
FKN GODS don't use READER so why should FKN ANYBODY give to flying fkn fks about its demise! well! that and the fact I rally have NFI what ya talking about, musta been a real gem.......not! cowboy up Princesss, I'm fkn working for a living now..ya should try it JB

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Therbs mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
"I'll now be getting all my news from what's been retweeted by Stalin" is my fave line.
FWIW I hooked into CBG in old journalspace days via it being mentioned in author's notes in Weapons of Choice.

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ddog asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
Delurking, I'm exactly the same as @Surtac. Have it open all day at work, it aggregates all the random sites that I follow. That way I have a super high level overview of everything I can just flick through, see if there's anything interesting and move on.

Now that it's going away I have no fkn idea what I'm going to do. Bookmark here and check it once a day hoping for posts like an animal?!

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Lulu asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
"i first arrived here through reading blunty. these days it’s a bookmark"
"WTF is Google Reader and what’s RSS?"

Ditto to both of those.

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
Ddog, checking hourly- that's what I do.

There was another way to go about it, in a way that didn't look so obvious in the workplace? Now I feel like a complete noob.

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Daniel reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
It looks like we failed to proselytize the virtues of RSS to the wider population. I'm a software developer so I guess I'm in the techie niche who have relied on RSS every day for about 8 years now.

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Caroline puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
Hi John,
I found you on Twitter and then clicked the link in the heading... It was a bit difficult to follow you straight from your blog as I couldn't find a "follow me" link so I followed you from the Wordpress Reader instead. I got there in the end by just bumbling my way across the digital world...

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Daniel ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
OOoooh WordPress Reader. How is it Caroline?

http://blogs.denverpost.com/techknowbytes/2013/03/14/wordpress-coms-reader-ready-to-take-google-readers-top-spot/9136/

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JG would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
I've got it earmarked. Funny, I didn't check out CBG out for about two or more years as your FB friend, JB, even though I commented there heaps. Finally came here from your info page on FB or from your Twitter header link, I think. Don't think I made a comment until about Sept 2011. Still tormented that I haven't got an imaginative tag like 'Blarkon' or 'Havock' or 'NBlob' [formerly NBob]. By the by, does that stand for fkn Bob, N Blob? From what I can recall, the tag (names) I've assigned myself in the past here have included 'Red Roo', 'Blue Tongue', and I can't remember the others. Suffer little Cheeseburgers, for I am with you.
Sister Joanna :)
P.S. Not really. I was named after Pope John Paul II.

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WarDog ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
I use Reader as my main means of aggregating about 2 dozen feeds and several hundred messages day (most of which are generated by you bastards). Losing reader will hurt unless I can find a good replacement that
a) Let's me consume from a web browser from any location
b) Let's me consume from an Android tablet
c) Handles the synchronicity between A & A & B well, without huge latency or data overhead.

For those interested there are a number of petitions to try to save it (though I doubt it will work). This one currently has 85,000 signatures including my own.
https://www.change.org/petitions/google-keep-google-reader-running

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Rhino reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
Don't use Reader but I keep track of blogs I follow in an applet on my blog www.rhinorog.blogspot.com.

Other stuff I check I keep links in folders according to the frequency and/or time of day I check them so I can "open all" at once and skim through tabs. For instance, the 'morning' folder contains various and sundry comic strips and a couple of news aggregation sites that I want to look at first thing while having my morning cuppa.

Anyone looking for permanence with respect to a free tool on the web is a little deluded.

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Gnu Webster has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm a lurker, found blog through Brisbane Times column. Usually read via Google Reader and only click through if I especially want to read the comments. Can spend up to an hour a day using GR, currently subscribed to around 60 sites.

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JG mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
I use Google but I don't use Google Reader. Don't even know what it is. Still suspicious about RSS. Don't use it. This is the only blog I follow. Don't want to spend my life online.
P.S. ^I was named after Pope John XXIII, I mean, seeing as I was born in '63. He died a couple of weeks before I was born. My parents are devout Catholics.

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Murphy ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
I had a blog before Cheeseburger Gothic, before Google Reader and before, well, whatever.

Ah, no, I don't think I use Google Reader. I don't use Google Plus either. The only things Google I use are the search engine and the customized news bit.

Wait, is the news bit what everyone's talking about? Meh.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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Daniel reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
JG: RSS lets me keep track of 109 sites without *having* to spend my life online. That's the beauty of it.

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BobGrrl ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
Yup, big Google Reader user here too, clicked through from reader to post this.

I've fired up Feedly for a test run, so far, so good, although the lack of a compatible version for IE is annoying because I'm locked into that browser while at work.

The Feedly apps for iOS is great on the iPad, but suffers badly from the space constraint on an iPhone.

My last month worth of stats:

"From your 80 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 3,841 items, clicked 350 items, starred 7 items, and emailed 2 items.

Since July 1, 2008 you have read a total of 172,376 items."

Most days I'm sifting through several thousand items, scanning headlines, clicking on what's of interest. I can't imagine a world without RSS or something similar.

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Daniel mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
Google reader, about 600+ feeds. Reeder is pretty much the best at skimming through large swathes of, errr ... content to find the hidden gems.

I tend to visit blogs once, if I like I add and the reader from that point on.

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Stuart would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
Also Reader tells me that Cheeseburger Gothic has 491 Google Reader subscriptions and Blunt Instrument has 151

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Celia mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
Can't remember how or why I originally subscribed, but I always read through Google Reader, rarely clicking through. I have it open all day, and use it via Feedly on my phone as well.

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Daniel ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
Interesting stats, Stuart. Surely having this kind of knowledge about who reads what has some value for Google. But I guess it is, just as they say, that the user base is not quite big enough to be worth it.

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Stuart asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
Daniel, they could have grown the user base if they had put resources behind into it.

My favourite theory is that using Reader reduces website clicks which effects the advertising revenue. Google of course have a direct interest in increasing that revenue Reader was contrary to that.

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johnbirmingham reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
Damn. This is utterly fascinating. If I had known so many people were just skimming on Reader I'd probably have run this blog quite differently.

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John mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
I use Reader multiple times a day. It's my main aggregation point for blogs, tech articles etc. I'm very annoyed it's shutting down, even though it shouldn't take me long to switch over to another RSS feed reader. It's just one more bit of yak-shaving I'd rather not do.

Having said that, I come to this blog via your twitter feed, although I totally disagree with those who say Twitter is an adequate RSS replacement. The signal-to-noise ratio on RSS feeds tends to be way higher.

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Brian ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
Reader.

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Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
I've never used google reader or an RSS service. First visited the journalspace ancestor of this blog via a note in the front of an axis of time book then migrated with the rest when JS shat itself. Gawd that was a disaster.

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Tim B ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
Your Twitter feed.

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Stevo 73 ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
Bookmarked.

I now kinda wish I had known about this reader thing of which you speak, it sounds interesting and useful...... Pity it's going the way of the Dodo

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
"yak-shaving " Wiktionary
Noun yak shaving (uncountable)

(idiomatic) Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem.

Other sources cite a Ren & Stimpy ep.

Gold. Thank you mysterious masked man.
I shall be including that in my kexicon from this point on.

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Dylwah would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
I ended up here after following some linklove from Blue Milk or the Hoydens, don't remember which. I bookmarked the site and two weeks later my computer died and in the time it took to get a new one my priorities changed and time became short. I spent a while reading Blunty thinking to myself that you had another blog until serendipity led me back. Bookmarked again. I reckon I get here roughly half and half twitter links and cuppa time surfing with the occasional "oh, book club" moment.

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
I've just had another go at moving stuff from Google Reader to TheOldReader.

There are 16,511 imports in the queue ahead of me. Could take awhile. :(

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Phil swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm would say I am an obsessive 'burger reader, but a perennial lurker. Google reader was my normal route to most of my browsing - right after google retired "igoogle"! So now I have moved over to http://www.feedafever.com/ and taken a little control back. It allows me to run a private rss aggregator on my own domain - a kind of personal cloud service. I have had it going less than a day - but love it. Here is an informative review:
http://www.macdrifter.com/2012/02/fever-reader-review.html

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Samwise mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
while i dont use an RSS reader myself, I saw a post on Reddit suggesting to wait out looking for a replacement. their reasoning was that in the next few months developers will be developing new ones and tweaking existing products to meet the demand of current Google Reader users.

heres the link for a better explanation and the prerequisite reddit debating:
http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/1aanp2/lpt_wait_till_july_1st_to_switch_from_google/

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Stuart would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
JB, I can't speak for all RSS users but I don't skim your blog posts. I read every one, otherwise it wouldn't be on my feed.

The choice for me is not between reading them via RSS or reading via the actual page, it's reading via RSS or not reading at all because I don't have enough hours in the day to visit every single site.

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
Another that lives in Google reader.
There is a joke "Someone opens a bar in Silicon Valley. Ten thousand people turn up at the opening. No one buys anything. TechCrunch and AllThingsD declare it a revolutionary success."

The assumption that you can get a quality ongoing service for free may be shown to be the Unicorn semen it always was

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GT is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
Lurker. For what it's worth - Reader on the tablet for it's simplicity, RSS on the browser because that's the way I set it up ages ago... No farcebook or twunter.

I'll miss Reader, but will adapt and move on. Appreciate your efforts on the site JB.

Cheers,

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MJW swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2013
I've been using Google Reader for over five years and it's my main method of monitoring about 100 news sites, general web pages and blogs like Cheeseburger Gothic. As others have suggested, you can open it up at work with no questions and keep an eye on things throughout the day. With it disappearing the idea of visiting each and every web page individually will be impossible. Then again, it was free so one can't complain too much when it disappears. I'm figuring out a new way of efficiently monitoring and reading all these resources which will probably be a diversified mix of MS Outlook RSS, Facebook, email alerting (very old school) and Twitter which up to this stage I've not joined. Oh well, things change and if this is the worse thing to happen to me between now and July I will count myself lucky.

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AF asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
I got the details from the 'about the author' information on Weapons of Choice. I don't use Reader.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
I found found this place by accident while looking for a fast food themed fetish porn site. I stayed for the ladies.

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Tom A ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
I just use it as a syncing service for a bunch of different RSS clients, mainly Reeder on iOS (no relation to Google Reader beyond relying on it to sync feeds). Utterly awesome app, with some of the best touchscreen UI design I've seen anywhere. Here's hoping that this won't be the end of it.

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DM reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
Another lurker - I got here some time back as 'AF' did, via one of your books. I also do not use Reader, never have.

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BobGrrl mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
Apart from RSS feeds being a great way of keeping up with a lot of different sources of information, the biggest advantage for me was not having to keep track of things in real time. Twitter and FB posts are all well and good, but the firewall my organisation runs means I generally don't have access to them and I can't spend all my time on my phone checking them. Additionally, their web interfaces aren't designed to push alerts to you and I don't have an option of installing a desktop app to push relevant alerts either. Bastards.

Reader on the other hand, isn't blocked and meant I could see /relevant/ things as they came in, catch up on less relevant things later and know exactly how much there was to catch up on, at least in a gross number of articles kind of way.

In short, much more powerful tool for slicing and dicing information streams in a way that's meaningful to you.

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Daniel is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm with you Stuart, I don't skim this one. I do skim some of my higher volume feeds (like TechCrunch and Slashdot). But blogs like this I put in a different folder and tend to read every post fully.

I also wouldn't read most sites at all if I didn't have RSS. Bookmarks and manual checking? Stuff that.

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BobGrrl would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
@Daniel: 'ken aye. Manual checking is for chumps.

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zeniph has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
signed up when it was first released, entered a heap of sites, never used it.

Occasionaly I'd end there by accident and I think wow if only I used this more often my life would be so much more efficient.

"your inbox for the web" as they said at launch - sounds like many of you wouldnt argue

CGB is on my daily round of sites to check when its slack off time. I do enjoy the show you all put on - entertaining and insightful.

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
right!

Um

Ended up here after reading AoT and link in the book to CBG, lurked for a bit, then, being rather shy put me toe in the water.

like lobes..what a cluster fk it was post JS going tits up and all that!, talk about a billion piece Mrs potatoe head type toy / group blowing up then all the bits trying to get back together again!


As for RSS..well I'd first goe looking for manufacturer, model and number of Cylinders when I first head of it, and to be truthful..I had NO fkn iea how it worked, didnt know it kept track of multi fkn ORGASIM!!!!! BLOGS AND SHIT!

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HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
And I tend to have it open all day, its a bit like a BAR, but..no fkn beer really, just ander passed, stick ya head in the door, yell some fkn abuse or have a proper convo, depends whats tickling ya fancy at the time.

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
And whilst i think of it JB, if the new set up is condycted in the manner with which one of your part time employers conducts their web based interaction, then might I suggest you find a BOLT hole somewhere at the outter reaches of either this or the next fkn GALAXY co's ya ain't gunna be able to hide if they fk it up!

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Stuart ducks in to say...

Posted March 15, 2013
JB, while I can't speaker for the other RSS users I read every post, I don't skim.

For me the choice isn't between reading it on the site vs. reading in Reader, it's between Reader or not at all. I don't have the time to individually visit each site.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
This is starting to look like the transcript of an AA meeting.
Hi, I'm Therbs and I have a glass of wine sitting on my desk.

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NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
@H I was thinking of you when I was reading earlier about PRC drone swarms VS USN aircraft carriers. I'll see if I can hunt up the link.

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Mark Heydon puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm one of the 10,000. I read your posts when I see you tweet a link.

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Dick is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
From The Geek at BT, originally via The Age

Had a couple of old feeders but they stopped for some reason, probably death by Google.

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
NBLOB! when ya talk PRC Drone swarms I guess you are talking about a saturation attack of paper boxes with Candles suspended underneath them! all red painted.

A POX on the PRC RETARDS!

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coriolisdave is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
+1 on being a Reader. Used it for years, for me it's the way I experience the web. New stuff I get through twitter, but the stuff I return to every day?

That's in Reader.

*sigh*

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
Yeah I use reader constantly to see what's popping up, desperately hoping equally usefull and able to get through workplace censors is available to replace. In the case of cheeseburger I see in reader their is a new update and the go to page to read and comment.
Sucks to loose it would be willing to pay a couple of bucks for something that did the same thing.

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Brian would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
Well said Brigadier. :)

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Sparty puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
Followed the link from back of AoT. Don't use google reader. More likely now to check On new articles when referenced on your twitter feed

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tqft has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
I set google reader to track a few things that I didn't want to clutter other stuff for or couldn't access directly at work.

Sort of kind of useful. I can see the use case for news junkies.

I do have a fair bit of other stuff as RSS feeds but they live at home in Thunderbird and can wait until I am ready for them.

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Perennially late to the party swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2013
You've all convinced me. Google Reader!!! Sounds so good. I'm going to start using it.

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Barks swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2013
I use Reader, wouldn't get to read everything otherwise.

Re-lurking.

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Claustral asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
I used Reader until yesterday. Moved to Feedly instead and it seems to work well on the desktop, though its Android app is all bling and no content, like Flipdeck.

I often click through though to read the comments.

Mark in Sweden

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Verimaz swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2013
Long time lurker via reader. I only click thru for comments which I will admit that I have done more since becoming one of the 10,000 out of some strange sense loyalty.

I've got over 180 feeds in my reader and thought it was a poor call when they killed the sharing function but this decision takes the cake.
I've got all sorts of plugins for chrome on the mac that I use with reader that have tuned the experience just the way I need it to be to get through them.
I use Feedler on the iPhone but don't know if that will survive with the death of Reader.
I'm sampling Feedly at the moment, not so sure on the phone but the desktop experience seems tolerable so far.
I suppose it figures that there isn't much of a revenue stream for google with Reader so they're killing it but I'd like to think they keep some things on to balance things out.

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Caroline mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
Daniel... Wordpress Reader is pretty easy to use, I like the filters and topic searches. Thanks for the article about Google vs. Wordpress - I'm also backing the Wordpress horse!

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parlance has opinions thus...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm a lurker. I organise 100% of my blog reading through Reader. I have no idea how to do it any other way. Noticed someone mentioned Feedly. I guess I'll have to cope. I'm not up-to-date with technology, so it will be a cursedly long process for me. No idea how I first found your blog (lost in the mists of time).

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MarkWAau mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
I'm an avid Reader user and use the Reeder application on my smart phone. I'm pretty busy with work, family and life in general so this tool helps to distil my preferred interwebz material. In the case of cheeseburger gothic, I'm a fan, a reader of words, a lurker if you will. I'm one of the sent majority who appreciate a good read and take advantage of gen x tools to do so. As peeved as I am, I'm sure there is another app that will fill the hole left by google. Cheers and all...

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damian reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
Did use RSS a fair bit a while back, but never used Google Reader - beyond a few minutes of playing with it at some stage years ago anyway. I suppose my thought would be that there are dozens, possible thousands of other tools out there that do something similar.

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Miche reckons...

Posted March 15, 2013
Lurker, occasional contributor - I found my way to Cheeseburger Gothic through BT when it started. I enjoy the different voices from your readers, some I relate to, others teach me a different point of view. Mostly I get to see the world through your readers eyes for a brief time. I miss "Sweet Jane Says (SJS)". She was always interesting. Your blog and readers have introduced me to new books that I would otherwise have missed and as a former librarian that is an added bonus.

I use Reader to keep up with a variety of different blogs. I will miss it, but I will try whatever else is on offer.

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sapphyre mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
Most often I get here via a link on Blunty or because I get your blog feeds via Goodreads.

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KT would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
I do all blog reading via Google Reader. Some blogs force me to click through (i.e. only supplying the first few lines of each post in a feed), while others, like your site JB, allow me to read each post without clicking through. (And I do read each post.) I click through if I want to post a comment or read the comments.

I'm giving some alternative feed readers a try. The first one is Feedly - it's pretty but I'm not sure it's the one for me.

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JB in the library on the iPad. is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
This has been fascinating. Especially the lurker contributions, for which I am very grateful.

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tqft mumbles...

Posted March 15, 2013
I had some thoughts on google reader and am trying to get some feedback here
https://plus.google.com/u/0/101784830280357004005/posts/jH3aprZ32mV

tl;dr: Essentially google is not going to give up all the data and clicky goodness. Not having a replacement up seems a bit dumb though.

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Michael asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
I've been an RSS user for about eight years. And I would have considered it a certainty that JB was an RSS user too, and I'm not at all surprised that many of your readers are keen users. If you haven't already realised, JB, your suspicion that Reader would be responsible for random drop-ins is way off the mark - in fact it's likely to be more utilised by your most regular readers. So take a look around; once you've used RSS you never go back, so it amazes me that it isn't something that has taken off with a wider audience.

Netvibes has been my home page for the past seven years, because it offers more functionality- such as password protected feeds - than the Google service (iGoogle?) I used originally.

Being a graphic designer I still like to see my favourite sites natively, so I've never embraced Reader or the other alternates. But I can't possibly imagine not using RSS to keep on top of all the blogs I find interesting.

(For completeness I'm only a relatively recent visitor to CG, and I don't read everything. So whilst I do subscribe to the feed I tend to read JB's stuff here and at Blightly when something arouses my interest on Twitter, rather than from the feed. But that's in stark contrast to most sites whose feed I subscribe to.)

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sibeen asserts...

Posted March 15, 2013
Never used google reader in my life. I always knew that it was going to go tits up, and didn't want to become attached.









Well, that and the fact that I've never heard of it. In a way, thank dog. I can do enough fluffing on the net as it is. A bloke has to earn a quid somehow, and reading shite, this blog excluded, doesn't pay for the kids gruel.

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Dirk swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 16, 2013
As one of the merry 10.000 i just dropped in via Twitter (and came there by means of reading your books and looking you up).

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted March 16, 2013
Plonked down for a Netvibes premium account myself. Will see how it goes

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smr mutters...

Posted March 16, 2013
This particular blog, I tend to follow from JB's Twitter feed. He posts a link, I punt it to Pocket and read it later on. But I'm a huge Google Reader guy, too. I keep it open in a pinned tab all day, and scan my feeds regularly. Feeds that tend to longer articles, they get interesting posts sent to Pocket. Shorter stuff I just read in-line.

I nearly panicked when I heard the news about it closing down; morning coffee and reader has been an ingrained habit for me for years now. I'm hoping a robust alternative reveals itself by July. Feedly is alright, if over-stylized to hell and gone, but they're still on GR's backend, not their own, will have to see how the latter works in practice. Kinda hopeful for whatever the Digg crew pulls together as well.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted March 16, 2013
Sorry - not netvibes, newsblur. Seems to do what Google Reader does, just costs 24 bucks a year.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted March 16, 2013
I am so tech-ignorant I don't know what Google Reader is. Seriously. Although I'm not sure if I've ever used it, I am nevertheless fairly confident that I will miss it now that it is gone.

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Bettydee swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 16, 2013
I'm a regular reader of your blogs and a Reader user. Like some other posters, I can't use twitter etc during my working day. I'm also time poor when it comes to playing around the interwebz; usually only have early mornings to stuff around without interruptions or other demands on my time. Reader suited me because it would save stuff from my fav blogs for when I'm able to squeeze in a quick read, like at lunch or on public transport. Sorry to see it go but will adapt.

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MickH mumbles...

Posted March 16, 2013
Nah!
I just have the web page permanently open in a tab on Firefox

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MickH mumbles...

Posted March 16, 2013
"Fuck Google Glasses and the Nerd they rode in on!"

ROFL Classic quote!

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yankeedog puts forth...

Posted March 16, 2013
What's Google Reader?

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Jacques Stahl reckons...

Posted March 16, 2013
Just back from the scrub, but if it still counts, I don't use Google Reader - or their bloody browser bar thingy.

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JB in the library on the iPad. asserts...

Posted March 16, 2013
You're my favourite, flipsockgrrl.

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted March 16, 2013
Oh yeah, I found this place via blunty. I know Birmo as the author of Felafel and Tassie Babes, a sometime newpaper (or newspaper website) columnist and general lad-about-town from the 80s becomes middle aged bloke about town (and part-time restaurant reviewer) in the 10s.

You people who know him for his alt-history stuff are weird.

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Timmo asserts...

Posted March 16, 2013
Yep, big Google Reader user here too.
Once upon a time I started with Bloglines but never really picked it up and ran with it. Google Reader was something I started using once I started following a few more blogs about 4 or 5 years ago and I use it multiple times daily, mostly to follow blog posts (such as CBG and friends, plus a few forums and other random sites.

I'll be moving to feedly or similar ASAP.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted March 17, 2013
"You people who know him for his alt-history stuff are weird."

Weird?? I have communicated with you telepathically, Damian, and - by virtue of that extrasensory contact - you know I am not "weird." Okay, okay, it is possible you weren't aware of the telepathic contact of which I speak, but you should have used your empathic powers (used often by Vegans to determine protein content in tofu) to intuitively know that of which I speak (or, as the case may be, telepathically transmit).

AoT rocks!

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damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 17, 2013
Paul - well I see, that's alright then.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 17, 2013
I knew you were going to say that.

damian reckons...

Posted March 17, 2013

Yes, and I knew you knew.

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TW asserts...

Posted March 17, 2013

I've been lurking since the mid-2000s. I originally started reading while looking for Weapons of Choice info, and have stayed ever since. Never commented because I'm intimidated by the Burgers. Too much smarts for the likes of me. I use Google Reader, too. When that dies I'll probably retire from the internet. I don't see this internet thing going anywhere anyway. It's a fad. It'll go the way of the tamagotchi.Hitler and I don't hang out much.Currently re-reading the AoT series. Lovin' it again.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted March 18, 2013

Don't be intimidated by the Burgers. Most of them don't have enough to sense to wear pants.

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daleaus reckons...

Posted March 18, 2013

I started coming here through Goodreads and then lionked in through Google Reader which I use for everything media having stepped away from papers.

I will find another way in when Reader disappears. Goodreads helps with that but Google reader is more immediate for me.

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LRob35 is gonna tell you...

Posted March 18, 2013

I've used GR for the last 3 years with CB being one of the first things I added to my feed. I've been a 'lurker' ( I prefer deeply appreciative but innately lazy fan- just saying) here since I read the AoT series and before I discovered RSS I had this page bookmarked. Have just switched to Feedly which is quite good so far. I've taken note of some of the alternatives just in case.

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Steve swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 18, 2013

"once you've used RSS you never go back"

I've been a frequent blog reader for a decade, though I read less than ten feeds regularly. I've tried to use readers, but they just annoy me, turning everything into vanilla format, and giving me another layer of organisation I don't need. I find that google chrome with a history means i can type the first few letters of a blog I want to get to and then hit enter, and I'm there, and can quickly work whether to linger and read or move on. I don't need a reader to keep track of everything for me. I find that with twitter and my own browsing I can obtain and cycle through content quickly enough without wanting it to be even more quicker/disposable/uniform.

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sekret sekret puts forth...

Posted March 18, 2013

I kind of don't know how I got here , What's Google Reader? RSSS? No, I couldn't be bothered reading about what it is as it all sounds redundant now anyway.I started reading Blunty because I have JB on my facebook and that lead me to realise there was this school of regulars so , out of curiosity, I typed in Cheeseburger Gothic. Ever since then I just type it in. Lazy as sin.

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kroweta is gonna tell you...

Posted March 22, 2013

Migrating from Google Reader to Feedly; me and 100's of 1000's apparently.

I found CB via AoT, mainly read, rarely commented but like the view.

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St Paddy's Day, thru Glass.

Posted March 15, 2013 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

There is a fast emerging genre of Google Glass humour which should be well established long before the actual product makes it to retail. This is one of the funnier efforts I've seen so far.

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Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2013
A friend of mine who is extremely senior at Google remarked that he was at a meeting where Larry Page was wearing Glass - and that when Larry was off in "Glass World" he had the appearance of Zaphod's fake head from the BBC TV adaption of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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JG would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
Feckin hilarious. :D :P

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johnbirmingham puts forth...

Posted March 15, 2013
Ok, Space Lizard, that's even funnier.

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted March 15, 2013
And Google Glass people annoying you. Just step close, Say 'OK Glass' and deliver a disturbing command. Heaps of fun.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 15, 2013
Doc Yobbo twuntered a simpler solution to Google Glass wearers. Went along the lines of 'anyone wearing glasses gets punched in the face'.
Wise man is the Doc.

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WarDog mutters...

Posted March 15, 2013
So what is a defence for punching a cop in the face?
Why wasn't the wearer a leprechaun? In chains, going down for a 7 stretch.

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Murphy would have you know...

Posted March 15, 2013
All we're missing are some dudes in fatigues.

I can't wait to see the barracks videos that come from Glass.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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M. asserts...

Posted March 19, 2013

Pfft. Five pints and he threw up? Deserves to be locked up for that effort.

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