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They Still Put Cocaine In Breakfast Cereal

You know you like the Google Reader’s river view and J-Key. So yeah, we got that now for Safari and FF. Pour another bowl of cereal and keep reading.

Like the great engineers over at Google Reader, we’ve decided to pre-fetch some assets off screen, and mark them read only when they become visible in your browser. A good idea and really good for speed.


OH, do you see our handy new feature? Instead of a slightly-untruthful “Mark all as read” button, we’re providing a very honest, very flexible “Skip older than…” button. You choose the dates of what you want to skip, and you can alter the dates any time you change your mind. See this reputable 3rd party graphic for more details:

Google Reader Tricks

Y’all got WINGS?**

OF course there’s more. We mentioned our keyboard shortcuts, but we didn’t show you the FLAVA , namely that you can rate and skip to the next asset with one click. Rating what you consume is good for the people.


Think of [j] [k] [l] as 1 star, 2 stars and 3 stars. Give a little feedback right at the moment of consumption and you’ll be thankful for years to come. And others will thank you, too. In addition, [;] shares a asset and [h] jumps back to the previous asset. For our German keyboard using friends who have the ö key in the same location as the US keyboard’s semicolon, you can use [ö] for sharing too. (Internationalization win.)

Can you fine Gentlemen tell us about the other new features?

Flava Morris day and the TIME

Yes there are additional great features in this release. Features so sweet that Flava Flav + Morris Day are going to have some words with you about that in an upcoming post.

Until then, ride the river and read 10 times as fast.

** Question: When was the last time your search term only returned one result in the Google? This one rocks it with and without the apostrophe.

Update: Now that this post is in the Google, you’ll need search without the apostrophe to only get 1 hit.



  1. Posted February 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying it out now. MUCH faster.

  2. louismg
    Posted February 7, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Y’all got a way to recover your password if yours goes bust? I have no idea how I did it… but checking in on FireFox and Safari now locks me out. Inside I am crying. Good thing I have Cocaine cereal to pep me up!

  3. Posted February 8, 2008 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I don’t use assetbar, but the j/k combo is for going down/up . You just broke a decades old tradition and a lot of people (geeks) are going to be upset.

  4. Posted February 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, well, we prefer emacs to vi. But hey, lucky thing it’s just software and we can unbreak it.

    What do you think we should use for ** and ***? If we keep [j] as the universal static advance, what about [u] and [y] being ** and *** respectively?

    [j] next|skip, [k] previous,

    [u] worthwhile and [y] like it

    What do you think, udim?

  5. Posted February 9, 2008 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    I use Google Reader and I’ve read 4,207 posts in the last 30 days. Personally, I don’t have time to rate each post.

    For a given post, I’ve either:
    1. Read it and moved on.
    2. Shared/Emailed it.
    3. Starred it (i.e. “save for later”)
    So I don’t think I’d take the time to explicitly rate a post with [u] and [y], but you could use a user’s actions to do so:
    [j] can be *, opening in a new window to read the full post can be ** ([v]), and sharing/starring it can be ***([s]).

  6. louismg
    Posted February 13, 2008 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    Udim is right, in this case. J is skip ahead (no rating). K is skip back (no rating). The “l” and “;” keys are up for grabs.

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