With the most recent change in layout by Google on Google Reader, I’ve found that not a lot of people, including me, are agreeing with the update. This might be the worst change of mankind. With Facebook and their changes, it does annoy me a lot, but I’ve managed to live with it by some means. On the other hand, with Google, they pretty much flat out said “take it or leave it” on their blog. When they updated my Reader, I thought I was about to go crazy. I mean, this is something I use daily and religiously. You can’t just go thermonuclear and change the entire layout in one day. Not cool. I knew the only way for me to be able to use the web app is to tweak it to my liking. And so I did.
Update: I’ve finally sat down and made the official Google Chrome Extension for Google Reader Fixes.
More update: Google Reader Fixes is also on Firefox Add-on.
I spent a few hours trying to hack Google’s CSS code using Firefox Web Developer add-on and Chrome’s “Inspect Element” (ironically) feature to reverse engineer the damn thing. Once I was done with the hack, I posted it on UserScript website, because, y’know, sharing is caring. Surprisingly, this little hack got a lot of positive feedback, and it’s gotten over 500 downloads in 2 days. Safe to say I’m not the only one who hates Google Reader’s new layout.
If you’re also one of those who don’t care for or dislike the facelift, head over to the UserScript and install the fix. Needless to say, you either need to have Chrome, or Firefox with Greasemonkey. Here’s what my new and modified Google Reader looks like. If you have any questions or comments, make sure to drop me a line. If there are enough people requesting new things for the script, I might make it happen 🙂
Oh, by the way, just for kicks and giggles, this is what my Google Reader Trends says, proving how much I use the service:
From your 521 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 26,064 items, clicked 250 items, starred 0 items, and emailed 13 items.
Since October 14, 2010 you have read a total of 300,000+ items.