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On Reading Notes and Ugly Deprecation of Google Reader

What you see as Reading Notes in the right side column of this blog is a snapshot from Google Reader, auto refreshed as I read and comment on Reader.

With some limited period notice (i.e. 1 day), Google released the following http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-in-reader-fresh-design-and-google.html

What this means now is most of the functionality that I was using with bundles and shared items from Google Reader will no longer be available.

All this is done in favor of Google+ with the assumption that my network/a circle in Google+ and the human readers on this modest blog are portable across.

That is so not true.

Anyway with such grand user demography and usage data at click level that Google has,

even a mature product’s evolution seems to me as a victim of some arbitrary decision.

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Knowledge Space Search

I created a custom search engine combining blog rolls of people I follow as Knowledge Space Search on Google.

Testing time for the engine…I have google versus my search engine well which is also on Google, but only I understand my context better than how google understands my search term. Here it is, I tried with the popular term in KM circles, Safe Fail comparison below

Google Regular Search

Google Regular Search

Knowledge Space Search

Knowledge Space Search

You can see that Google does not distinguish between Fail Safe and Safe Fail due to I guess proximity of terms, and the first real distinction is coming in the 7 the item of result set.

Compare that with what you get in my custom search engine Knowledge Space Search

I think  the underlying blogs/sites will need to be kept updated on a regular basis with newer and fresher resources, which I think is not a huge effort considering the fact that my google reader feeds is still under 100.

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