Google Reader is my favorite RSS reader and also the best source of information I read every day. I spend at least 2 – 3 hours a day with Google Reader to read 500+ feeds I'm following. But after reading “Why I don't use Google Reader anymore – by Robert Scooble”, I'm all set to replace Google Reader with Twitter Lists.
Twitter Lists. Does this sound unfamiliar to you? Here is an explanation of Twitter Lists by a blog post on Twitter
[Twitter Lists] The idea is to allow people to curate lists of Twitter accounts. For example, you could create a list of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time, athletes, local businesses, friends, or any compilation that makes sense.
Like how I use to add interesting RSS feeds to my Google Reader account, now I can add interesting tweeters to my Twitter account and arrange them as a List. The best par
t of the Twitter Lists is they can be shared publicly and anyone can follow them just a single click.
For instance look at the Twitter Lists shared by Robert Scooble on his account. They are awesome and I'm now following two of his lists Tech News Brands and Tech Companies. The information I read in these tweets is all I see in my Google Reader with a delay of couple of hours. Like this if I find few more lists that can feed my knowledge hunger then I will not even bother to open Google Reader at all.
Out of all the reasons listed by Robert Scooble for not using the Google Reader and moving to Twitter Lists, the most convincing one to me is
I see most news faster on Twitter than in Google Reader. Where did Marissa Mayer announce Google's deal with Twitter? On Twitter. It didn't show up on my Google Reader until later after everyone had written blog posts.
Twitter is the king of real time communication and the news on twitter is spread at lightening fast. When I'm able to read the up to the minute news on Twitter Lists, why should I go to Google Reader to read 2 to 3 hours old news?
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree or disagree that Google Reader is not relevant to us anymore?