Why Google Reader May Be Slow

Aug 10, 2010 • 8:08 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

google readerRoger from the Google Reader team has been replying to people about why Google Reader may take several hours to show updates from their blogs or web sites.

A Google Reader Help thread shows Roger giving two excuses for a slow Google Reader update. They include:

(1) A site with "few subscribers."

(2) A site using Google's FeedBurner.

The "few subscribers" excuse means that Google rather spend their resources crawling larger subscribed feeds more often than feeds with fewer subscribers. That makes a 100% sense. But site's that use Google's FeedBurner, a feed management tool, owned by Google, which so many sites use, would slow down Google Reader? Technically it makes sense, but practically, it sounds silly.

Let me quote Roger:

Sometimes Reader doesn't crawl blogs with few subscribers right away - if you only have a few subscribers, this could be the case. If you have more subscribers, are you by chance using Feedburner? Sometimes Feedburner doesn't update with your original feed's content right away, and thus Reader cannot detect new content until it is updated in Feedburner.

Most sites I subscribe to are visibile in Google Reader within minutes. Some takes a couple hours, but most are within minutes - including this one.

Forum discussion at Google Reader Help.

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Comments:

Tiggerito

08/10/2010 04:37 pm

What he says makes sense. Just like the Google bot, they will optimise their resources to crawl the blogs/feed that they think are popular. If you use a go between like feedburner then they are at the whim of feedburners own updates. If speed of indexing is important then you should look into push systems like pubsubhubbub.

Tiggerito

08/10/2010 04:44 pm

What he says makes sense. Just like the Google bot, they will optimise their resources to crawl the blogs/feed that they think are popular. If you use a go between like feedburner then they are at the whim of feedburners own updates. If speed of indexing is important then you should look into push systems like pubsubhubbub.

Michael Martinez

08/10/2010 05:28 pm

"The "few subscribers" excuse means that Google rather spend their resources crawling larger subscribed feeds more often than feeds with fewer subscribers. That makes a 100% sense." That makes absolutely NO SENSE AT ALL. If they're going to offer the service, then they shouldn't favor one stream over another, should they? After all, they're supposedly big supporters of NET NEUTRALITY, right?

Steve Olechowski

08/10/2010 08:35 pm

Hi there - The forum article referenced here is from 2009. Since then, both FeedBurner and Reader have been hooked into PubSubHubbub. If you follow the advice here: http://adsenseforfeeds.blogspot.com/2009/07/whats-all-hubbub-about-pubsubhubbub.html your updates to Reader if you use Feedburner should happen within a minute or two, and in most cases even happen within seconds. Steve Olechowski Product Management, Google

Steve Olechowski

08/10/2010 08:35 pm

Hi there - The forum article referenced here is from 2009. Since then, both FeedBurner and Reader have been hooked into PubSubHubbub. If you follow the advice here: http://adsenseforfeeds.blogspot.com/2009/07/whats-all-hubbub-about-pubsubhubbub.html your updates to Reader if you use Feedburner should happen within a minute or two, and in most cases even happen within seconds. Steve Olechowski Product Management, Google

Steve Olechowski

08/11/2010 01:41 am

Hi there - The forum article referenced here is from 2009. Since then, both FeedBurner and Reader have been hooked into PubSubHubbub. If you follow the advice here: http://adsenseforfeeds.blogspot.com/2009/07/whats-all-hubbub-about-pubsubhubbub.html your updates to Reader if you use Feedburner should happen within a minute or two, and in most cases even happen within seconds. Steve Olechowski Product Management, Google

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