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Google Reader May Evolve Into Read/Write App

James Corbett has
an interesting post
speculating that Google Reader might become a ‘read/write’ app
over the course of 2007. Says James:

“The addition of support for tagging and link
were the warning shots but the coming months will see Reader evolve into a
fully fledged Reader/Writer (let’s call it ReWriter). Google ReWriter is the first
product that will tie the major pieces of the Read/Write web together – RSS/ATOM (feeds),
OPML, Social-Bookmarking/Tagging (folksonomies), Attention and Microformats.”

I agree that Google Reader has been adding
some fantastic functionality over recent months. Indeed I now use Google Reader as my
main RSS Reader – just last week I loaded it up with a bunch more OPML files and RSS
feeds. Also by reading the official Google
Reader blog
, you can tell the engineers are passionate about building up and adding
new things to the product – something sadly missing in other top online RSS Readers, some
of which have stayed largely the same for 2+ years now.

It remains to be seen whether Google Reader will add more ‘writer’ features over 2007
– Google has to be careful the product doesn’t become too geeky and experimental. You can
quickly scare off people with talk of OPML and microformats (guilty!). But I think Google
Reader is the most interesting online RSS Reader around right now, so if they can
integrate the ‘writer’ functionalities into the product in a way that they’re very easy
to use… the RSS reading market could come alive again.

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