Aggregate and Translate: Moving to Google Reader

For years, I have been bounc­ing between RSSOwl, Fee­dRead­er and Feed­De­mon.  I have built the ulti­mate feed list for the tech­nolo­gies, blogs and news sources I care about.  The real beau­ty of RSS is it enables one to quick­ly get up to date on news and indus­try trends with­out wast­ing time.  New posts are there, you pick the ones that inter­est you, star or share the ones you care about and ignore the rest.  While many of my peers are wast­ing their time hit­ting all their favorite sites and going page by page, I have already read it and moved on to real work.

I decid­ed it was time to lis­ten to a good friend and move to Google Read­er.  I’ll nev­er look back.

The killer fea­ture that guar­an­teed my love for Google Read­er is their trans­la­tor.  The one feed I fol­low that has the most traf­fic and is most per­ti­nent to me and my job is the Microsoft Tech­net Blogs’ feed.  It includes all the tech­net blogs in one aggre­gate feed.  I have asked Microsoft over and over for a feed based on lan­guage or local­i­ty to help fil­ter out all the non-eng­lish feeds.  All I have been told is that it is com­ing…  Well, they can stop work­ing on this (assum­ing they actu­al­ly were).

Google Reader - Translate Feed
Google Read­er - Trans­late Feed

So, @niceguyscott sends me an e-mail of a screen­shot from Google Read­er.  A lit­tle option says, “Trans­late into my lan­guage.”  What?!?  Well, ever since I enabled that lit­tle option on the mul­ti­lin­gual tech­net feed, I for­got about the fact that about a third of the posts I read are not even native­ly in eng­lish.  I don’t need Microsoft to give an eng­lish only option any­more.  Instead of exclud­ing these feeds, I can now track news and trends in any tongue sup­port­ed by Google Trans­late. (Note: This isn’t a new fea­ture. It debuted back on Nov of ’08.)

RSS feed read­ers, whether desk­top, mobile or web, all offer their own set of spe­cial fea­tures.  Some are sex­i­er.  Some are min­i­mal­ist.  Some have the whole kitchen sink.  Google Read­er gives that func­tion­al­i­ty you need to quick­ly digest con­tent, share and save what is impor­tant to you and gives you a cou­ple killer fea­tures with­out get­ting in the way.  That has made it my new favorite.

I am excit­ed to explore what oth­er con­tent I am miss­ing due to the lan­guage bar­ri­er that tech­nol­o­gy con­tin­ues to tear down.