Google Reader tricks

A few months ago I made the switch from Bloglines to Google Reader. After a short adjustment period I’m completely happy with the move. There was just one thing I missed: Bloglines makes it easy to see how many subscribers each blog has, giving a rough indication of its popularity. Google, for some reason, buries the data. Luckily, there is a way to get it. Searching for a blog on the “add subscription” tab will show relevant feeds along with the number of subscribers of each.

A feature I wasn’t aware of until today is the trends page. Clicking on this provides information about your reading habits, such as the fact that in the past 30 days I’ve read (more accurately skimmed) 7,766 items from my 330 subscriptions.

So there you go, bloggers, two tools to show you just how much time you burn reading other people’s blogs and just how few people read your own. Cheers!

[Hat tip: Rumors Daily.]