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Google Reader Watcher

June 15th, 2007 at 3:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

As of writing this review, my favorite RSS online reader is Google's RSS Reader. 1). The layout is well thought-out; 2). Anywhere I can log onto the Internet, I can read my feeds; and 3). it uses AJAX extensively.

The Google Reader Watcher is for heavy users of the Google Reader and provides an excellent way to check on your feeds while you surf.

After installing the extension, I had the StatusBars installed on my machine. A great extension for those who have too many icons on their status bar. Anyway, I couldn't find the icon on the status bar when I restarted Firefox. So, I uninstalled the StatusBars extension and presto, the extension appeared in the status bar.

The options for the addon include a tabbed interface with the following tab names:

  • General
  • ToolTip
  • Account Information

For a quick update on your feeds, mouse over the RSS icons to find out how many feeds you've received. Right-click the icon in the status bar for the context menu. With the context menu, your options are Open Google Reader, Check For Unread Feeds, and Preferences.

Click on Preferences. One of the nice options under the General tab is the ability to specify how long (in minutes) before updating your feeds.

Overall, I like the extension, but it seems I'm hanging out more with Google Reader than before and this addon isn't necessary for me, but that doesn't mean you don't need it.

If the Google Reader Watcher improved the installation where it could work with other various status bar extensions, the rating could've been a 5.

But who knows. A newer version could be on its way to fix its shortcoming.