Tip: Make Your Google Reader More Lively By Showing Favicons For Feeds

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 16th, 2009 in Google, Tips

image Well, this one almost escaped my attention but I'm glad it didn't: the best online news reader – Google Reader – just enabled favicon support for each feed you subscribe to.

Favicons are those 16×16 pixel tiny icons you see next to site urls in your browser and bookmarks. Not surprisingly, this was done as a 20% project, which is when Google developers get to work on anything they want, quite similarly to the monthly "haxo"s that Plaxo runs (that is where I work).

So now the previously boring subscriptions:


look like this:


Better, isn't it?

All you have to do to enable favicons is either click the down arrow next to Subscriptions and select "Use favicons":



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