Google reader

Google reader is a Google application that allows user to stay updated in areas of interest (Shachtman, 2010). Learners and teacher can select to stay updated with information from particular selected blogs of interest. This application therefore allows sharing of ideas and dissemination of important proceedings in any particular area of concern.

Google reader is programmed in such a manner that it checks constantly for news updates from selected websites and consequently concentrates any new information to a single location where they can be read and shared. It allows the user to have some sort of customized inbox (Leach, 2008).

Advantages of Google Reader:-

  • Stay up to dateGoogle Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.
  • Share with your friendsUse Google Reader’s built-in public page to easily share interesting items with your friends and family.
  • Use it anywhere, for freeGoogle Reader is totally free and works in most modern browsers, without any software to install.

Besides that,  Ellie Rasmussen found it out some information on how to download your reader data. As we know that Google Reader will be retired on 1st of July, 2013, so now what you need to do is download a copy of all your reader data. You may do so through Google Takeout as well.  She also mentioned that you will receive a subscription data in an XML file and the following information will be downloaded as JSON files:

  • List of people that you follow
  • List of people that follow you
  • Items you have starred
  • Items you have liked
  • Items you have shared
  • Items shared by people you follow
  • Notes you have created
  • Items with comments

Once downloaded, your subscription data should be easily transferable to another product. Thus, you can continue to keep up with your online reading.



Leach, J. (2008). Do new information and communications technologies have a role to play in the achievement of education for all? British Educational Research Journal, 34(6), pp.783-805.

Shachtman, N. (2010). Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring.

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