Google Reader Now Searchable


That’s right, search is finally in Google Reader. Now you can find that that apricot recipe you came across a few months ago and now have a craving for. Or perhaps you’d like to search for “ipod” so that you can read at once all the posts in your subscriptions that mention today’s announcements.

Search lets you use keywords to find items in your subscriptions (if you’re looking to search all blogs, give Blog Search a try). If you subscribe to someone’s shared items, it’ll search those too. This handy feature is brought to you especially by Ben and Chris’s tireless engineering work and Jenna’s relentless iteration on user interface concepts.

Along for the ride in the search release are a few other Reader tweaks. You can now hide the side navigation by clicking on the separator to its right. Unread counts now go to 1,000, so that you can know just how far behind you are when you come back from vacation. Finally, Reader now behaves like every other web page and lets you use the forward and back buttons to move between folders and subscriptions that you’ve navigated to.

I likely have too many subscriptions, as it seems I’m always behind. But having the archives searchable is a huge step forward.

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  1. Michael says:

    It won’t search blog articles you haven’t read, but I use Beagle desktop search and the Beagle extension for Firefox to index every website I visit for later search. Then one simple search can give you ever website, IM/chat session, email or document you have/had that contains the word “apricot”.

  2. SDM says:

    The extent to which this improves my life is striking and embarrassing.

    Also, I didn’t even notice it until I saw this post in my reader and looked up. Thanks!