'Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.'
While that is great, so far G+ feels like a Google-defined organization of information that comes out of a fire hose, while #Reader
allowed me to organize the information in a way that works for me. #Reader
has an incredibly efficient interface that allows me to very quickly scan 100s of news/opinion sources and cull it down to those that are of interest. I sort of do this with circles in G+, but it is inefficient, not even mentioning there's no feedback on the content of the circles like you get with #Reader
, such as the number of new items (or even if there are new items).
As an example, I find many of your posts here interesting, even if they are not related to Google specifically, but I have no easy way to read some, ignore others and save some for later. If I could put your stream of posts into #Reader
(there used to be an app for that, but I lost track of it), I'd probably get much more out of it than I do now, since now, most of it just passes by in the stream of data that is the G+ feed (and if there are time differences, it gets even worse).
Another example, I have a circle called 'Google Stuff' where lots of interesting updates from Google show up from a variety of different people/areas. Even if I go there to see what's new, I'd have to scroll through pages (and pages and pages) worth of empty space, avatars, pictures of an embedded link mentioned and 2 comments per post (again with avatars and extra text of which half now ask Google not to get rid of #Reader
) just to see the headlines. And that is not even dealing with the re-shares of posts of people that are already in the same circle!. It is simply inefficient.
Perhaps there are ways to integrate that functionality in G+, but to me G+ feels fundamentally different than #Reader
. For information aggregation I do not need pictures of people, large icons and suggestions, comments and previews of web pages. I just want a headline, and a way to quickly scan the article. That is what RSS provides and what #Reader
is very efficient at exposing. I sure hope G+ can be updated prior to July with that functionality.