Google Reader is the application that I am using to manage and read my RSS feeds.
Thus, as a loyal and regular (~100 feeds) user I would like to point out some suggestions for future enhancements of the service.
Since it is an application made by Google, the first thing I would expect to find is the search capability.
And to be more specific, some search options that I would love to see are:
– Search for keywords in a post’s title or message body or both.
– Search only the posts from a specific feed, or feed folder or all subscribed feeds of course.
– Search read or unread items or both.
– Search by date.
This function sounds like a personalized Google Blog Search, i.e. for your subscribed feeds only.
Use filters to star items
Imagine that you are really interested in every feed topic about “Vista” or “Paris Hilton” or something else. A filter could check if the word of choice is found on the title or body of the post and automatically mark it as a starred item.
Mark all subscribed feeds as read
Imagine that you were out on a holiday vacation, and you could not access your Google Reader (not even through your hi-tech mobile phone!). So you come back, and you have 1000+ unread items. A “mark all feeds as read” option would be great in that case. Moreover that could possibly be based on a per date function. For example, mark all posts “older than x (1-30) days” as read.
Display unread feeds faster
Currently when you click on “mark all as read”, you are presented with the same feed, and all its read items. Occasionally this is useful for me, cause by the time I click on the “mark” button, my eye is catching something interested, and I immediately want to access it and read it. However there could be an option here, so that after clicking the button, the next feed with unread items would automatically be displayed. In my case, that approach would definitely save me some time.
Got any more suggestions? Comments are always welcome.