Google Reader now shows you how good (or bad) you are at reading

Wondering about the feeds you're reading based on when and how often they're being updated? Google Reader comes to the rescue with red and blue charts.

Keeping up with multiple RSS feeds can be tough. Yeah it's really simple, but that syndication bit is what always gets me. Google has introduced a fresh way to analyze both when blogs you subscribe to are posting and when (and if) you're actually reading them.

The data is represented with simple colored bars, with the blue being post time and the red as the time you typically get your reading done. You can dig down even deeper and split up the monthly data by the time of day, or day of the week. The results can be startling.

The system does not currently work with groupings of blogs, but on any single feed, clicking the "show details" link gives you a small drop-down with publishing verses readership information. In the future I'd love to see the option to view your reading habits with groups of blogs so I could reconsider which clusters deserved more attention. An alternate way to do this is to look for blogs you're not reading, or that have dried up using trends.

Assuming you read a blog every day, you can keep track of your reading habits (red) compared to when the blog is publishing (blue). CNET Networks
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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.


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