As excited as we were to see Google Reader join the ongoing makeover all the other Google tools have been experiencing, just like the "Sharebros" we immediately noticed the "Share" feature was missing. Although we weren't among the 10,000 who signed the petition to bring the old version back, we did need to figure out how to get our shared content back and how to have the best experience with the new Google Reader.
Get Your Shared Items Back
The first thing that crossed our minds when the new Google Reader rolled out was, "Thank goodness, it looks so much cleaner." The second thought? Where did our shared items go? As an attempt to get more people to use Google+, Google had decided to get rid of the sharing feature. Which was fine with us, but we wanted access to those posts.
For the meantime we've figured out a way to get those items back by downloading the MobileRSS app onto our iPhone. This app gives you a list of all the posts you've ever shared organized by date. Tap on each title to view the full post on your phone, the date it was published on and all the images that accompanied it. We went through each of these shared items and starred each one. Now all these are stored in our new Google Reader under the starred items.
Unfortunately this app was only built for the iPhone, so if you know of a way to get your Google Shared items back another way, do share!
After the initial annoyance of potentially losing our shared data, we were able to give Google Reader a go and explore what makes the new one more user-friendly. We like the new interface because article titles are more distinguishable and the entire look is clean and easier on the eyes.
The new Trends feature is also interesting. You can dig into the time of day the blogs you follow post most frequently, when you catch up on your reading and how often your blogs post. Looks like 6 pm is the blog reading hour for us.
Toggle between the "j" and "k" keys to scroll through previous and next items. See the full set of keyboard shortcuts here.