Has Google Reader Entered the Fast Lane?

And how you can benefit from it.

I noticed earlier today that, in a great improvement from days (and days) gone by, posts were showing up a lot more often in my Google Reader.  I marked it up to some hiccup in the pipeline.

Then I saw a post by Alex Wilhelm over at the Next Web speculating, with at least something approximating confirmation, that Google has widened the pipe, perhaps via PubSubHubBub.

Life in the Fast(er) Lane

If this is true, or even close to true, it is great, awesome news.  For one thing, I use Google Reader all the time, and my one complaint has been that it sometimes seems to be taking a leisurely drive, when I want an on-ramp to the information superhighway.

(numerous new items have populated my Google Reader in the time it took me to type that bad metaphor)

Enabling Your Blog

If you want to make your blog PubSubHubBub-ready, there are two ways to do that.

If you use Feedburner, enable PingShot:

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If you use WordPress, grab a plugin.

Google Reader is truly my number one tool where online content is concerned.  I’m happy it has been speed-enhanced, however it was done.  And I’m happy Google is still improving it.  It would be a shame if Google lost focus on Google Reader.

I still miss Google Notebook.  But that’s a story for another day.  Right now, I’ve got a ton of new posts to read.  And more every minute.