Google has recently launched a cool new service that any news junkie would love. They are calling it – Google Reader Play (pretty weird name, don’t you think?). But anyway, I tried it and its pretty awesome!
What is Google Reader Play?
Google Reader Play is an experimental product from the Google Reader team that makes it very easy to read the best stuff on the Internet. The best part of Google Reader Play is its interface – a really sleek sliding view that makes flipping through news feeds totally child’s play.
Who should use Google Reader Play?
Google Reader Play is suitable for everyone! Its just a cool way to quickly skim the news and read the good stuff. Google Reader Play doesn’t really require any setup, but the news that you see is personalized to the things that you like (if you are signed in via your Google account).
Even if you are not a Google reader user or you don’t have a google account, you will still be able to use Google Reader Play without any problem.
They have some nice feedback buttons – Star, like & share that makes it easy for you to give instant feedback about the news that you are reading. Based on your input Google will personalize the play stream for you.
How to Use Google Reader Play
Simply head over to the Google Reader Play website. You will notice that items are presented one at a time, and each item is big and full-screen. After you’ve read an item, just click the next arrow to move to the next one, or click any item on the filmstrip below to fast-forward. Of course, you can click the title or image of any item to go to the original version. And since so much of the good stuff online is visual, it automatically enlarge images and auto-play videos full-screen,
Will This Replace My RSS Reader?
Absolutely not! Nothing can possibly replace your RSS reader because it follows an opt-in model. You know exactly which sites you have subscribed to and you know that anytime you open your reader you will have the stories from those sites right there.
However lets be honest here, do you actually follow your RSS reader anymore? I don’t and most of the people I know has gotten sick of it as its very hard to keep up with. If i dont open my RSS reader for day I’ll have hundreds of unread items the next day. Its like maintaining yet another email box! Sometimes we just want to dip into the news stream and pick up stories that everyone else loves. Thats why we all love twitter, don’t we?
So I think with this new service, you can do exactly that. No commitments, no strings attached, no unread news counts – Just dip in and consume the news that you like. Once you are done, close the browser window and there will be no hard feelings!
Give it a try today, no signup required: http://www.google.com/reader/play.
On a separate note: If you are looking for a good RSS Feed Reader that is as easy as reading a magazine, check out my RSS Reader Recommendation.