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July 22, 2009

What's with Google Reader?

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Okay, I sincerely hope that I am not the only one having this problem. Does anyone know how Google Reader decides how many unread items to keep? It seems like it used to keep them for about a month, but recently it's down to a week, or less. And if they just said "We will keep them for a week," then fine, I'd know how to manage my reading. But there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it - it will suddenly delete a few hours' worth of posts for no apparent reason. Or is there an apparent reason that I'm just not seeing? Maybe it has something to do with the ridiculous number of feeds to which I subscribe. Is there some magic number of unread posts under which I could be sure to keep my account to prevent these mysterious deletions? Or is it as arbitrary as it seems?

Posted by Kat at July 22, 2009 06:22 AM

Sorry, I have no idea. :( It's not often that I get above 100-150 unread, so...

Posted by: Chris at July 22, 2009 12:20 PM

I think it is extremely arbitrary. There are certain blogs that have several new posts daily and GR has no problem holding onto most of those for a long time, but sometimes it will only hold onto posts from other blogs for what seems to be a much shorter time. The other thing that weirded me out was that I had it set to show old items below the new items, and then about a month ago it switched to only showing new items. I know how to change it back, but it still seems strange.

Posted by: Caitlin at July 22, 2009 05:45 PM

Wow, I didn't realize they ever deleted the unread posts.

Posted by: Carrie K at July 31, 2009 05:43 PM
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