Google have launched an online RSS Reader. Like most developments from Google, this looks very professional and fits in with their rapidly growing suite of software products. Although I currently use Thunderbird for reading (a very limited number of) RSS sources and blogs, the use of a Web based service to manage all my information sources, accessible from anywhere, is appealing.

I experimented by setting up one source (BBC News) and one thing about the interface immediately struck me like a thunderbolt !

The use of the ‘j’ and ‘k’ keys to move the article list up and down. It is just like the good old trusty (and much maligned) Unix editor ‘vi’. Now this may appeal to Unix users but I am not sure whether the new generation of IE users will make of the ‘oh but for touch typists, it is so much faster’ argument.