Google Reader "AUTO" sort – good but missing something…

Google’s newsreader continues to be my favourite way to consume the stupid amount of feeds that I continue to find myself subscribing for. I try to purge from time to time but inevitably I end up finding something new to read. My general rule of thumb now is if I can’t remember anything I’ve read on a given blog in the past week or two I generally remove it – but this post isn’t about that…

Between the week of intermittent access in Berlin and then the Canada Day long weekend I’ve had a few occasions recently where my blog reading has gotten backlogged by a fair margin. Not a huge deal though as Google Reader comes with this handy dandy sort feature called “AUTO” – this sort feature floats the less frequently updated blogs to the top and the noisier blogs to the bottom.

This is generally good but there’s one annoying thing I find the reader doing – because of the sort order it tends to mean that each blog tends to end up with it’s own posts clumped together as you work your way through the unread list. I didn’t realize until recently (when I’ve done a few marathon reading sessions to catch up) how much I actually like the randomness of reading posts from all kinds of people rather than one person’s posts all in a string.

Attaching lead balloons to noisier blogs is a great idea but it’d be nice if they found a way to also randomize it up a bit even if it’s as simple as coding it so no two posts from the same author appear one after another (unless it’s completely unavoidable).

Just my 2 cents…