I have long been a user of Google Reader to keep up with the dozens of blogs and websites I follow. I’m a HUGE advocate of learning to use the Internet to connect you with mentors all around the world. Google Reader will help you manage all this information in one place. One of the most asked questions I get about all these Internet stuffs is, “How do you keep up with everything happening online?” I’m constantly amazed at how many people have yet to use the greatness of Google Reader. This video will give you a great introduction to all that Google Reader can do for you.
I will say that I’m an non-traditional user of Google Reader and do not, except in rare occurences; actually read my feeds within Google Reader. I love to view websites in their original environments. Google Reader lets you do this with the “Next” button.
As Google explains in the original post announcing the feature, “The ‘Next’ bookmarklet allows you to use Google Reader through just one link — clicking on it takes your browser to the next unread item in your reading list (marking it as read in the process). I like to use it to go through my photoblog folder. It’s also useful for subscriptions that only include snippets, or when I want to read an article in context.” If you’d like to grab yours, just go to “settings” and then “goodies” inReader. It’s the best of both worlds: RSS in context!