Finally you can now search your Google Reader.
Search All Items, Shared Items, Starred Items, a folder, a feed…what about searching Google Blog Search in general.
If you subscribe to the feed of someone’s Shared Items, you can now search this content, you could also subscribe to your own blog, and search in it.
What you can’t do is select multiple feeds or folders, and then search across them.
Results are summaries, you can’t expand an item in the search results, but you can star it.
This kind of helps out that memetracker issue from within your OPML, if I read a new post about a new product that has been released, I can now search All Items, to see which other feeds of mine are talking about it, hmmm…you can’t search just New Items.
So now I can find all posts in my RSS Reader about this new product in an instant, for example I just searched my subscriptions about Google Reader search and no-one has posted it yet, and I subscribe to some hot off the press web 2.0 blogs…but if they did post about it, I would know in one easy click.
Once I have collected posts in my RSS Reader about this new product, which I can now do very quickly, then I would want to know if any feeds I don’t subscribe to have quality posts on this new product, for this I have to leave Google Reader and open a new window and search Google Blog Search.
As I mentioned before, it would help if this was a search choice in the drop down menu…a clustering feature is one better as it’s all done for you.
One more thing, what about smart feeds like Newsgator, Bloglines and others, why can’t a search generate an RSS feed.
Just say, I’m interested in wikis, I would subscribe to blogs that often post about wikis, I might even have them in a folder called wikis.
To find new posts that mention the term wiki, without having to wade through every new post in my RSS Reader, I can just search the term wiki, if this generated a feed, then I could subscribe to it, this saves me doing the search everyday.
NOTE: I noticed Bloglines has had a new release, including a startpage view.
I just found the above link about Bloglines by searching in Google Reader and just found mashable posted about Google Reader search 8 minutes ago.
But I couldn’t expand to read this post from my search results, and I can’t mark it as read.
The Google Reader blog also mentions you can now use the browser buttons to go back and forth, and you can click the subscription pane in and out of view.