Google Reader Goes Offline

After Internet Explorer the next application I use most frequently is Google Reader to keep up with my 60 or so blog feeds. Fortuitously it became the first Google application to benefit from the Google Gears plugin as the latter was announced in the last few days.

Google Reader users are now prompted to download the Gears plugin. After that the user has the option to go offline which triggers the download of up to 200 items, presumably blog entries and their contents. Feed reading can then progress without an Internet connection. This would be useful on a laptop before going on a trip where Internet access is unlikely or intermittent. Soon we can expect all Google apps to become offline-capable.

Published with Word 2007.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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