Google Reader, Google Trends and Google News
In this new age, of "stickiness" (read about this term in Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point) is more important than clicks, I celebrate these apps.
Love these new apps. I never got into blog aggregators, but I really like Google Reader. The interface looks similar to the gmail interface so it's really easy to scan through relevant articles. There's an auto-feature that after you click on an entry, the entry drops so you can read more of the summary, then it'll mark it as read. If you want to read the rest of the article, there's a link that will open the article up as a separate tab. The one thing that's fabulous is that you can share feeds. I haven't tried that yet, but I hope it's less cumbersome than opening up my gmail account, searching for an email address, copying and pasting into the form box, and sending the article. Hopefully Google Reader addresses these issues. It's like for:anne tags in Del.icio.us, but this is for rss feeds/subscriptions/articles (?) Oh well, sharing is great, and if there's away not to clog my email, even better.
Also a plus, there are NO ADS, YAY!!! We'll see how long that lasts, but I hope it stays this way because ads are extremely distracting when you want to READ, my $0.02.
Love these apps in Facebook, Google Trends and Google News. Google News is fabulous because you can personalize news feeds by keywords.
Like the content of Google Trends, however it doesn't update/refresh automatically when I login to my profile page. I would probably read it more if it did.
Tinyurl.com is pretty brilliant. It shortens the long url and gives you a short one with their domain name in it. This tool is becoming more and more helpful, as URLs get longer and longer. This is more helpful when sending email to people who are confused when they copy and paste text-wrapped links.