Thursday, October 25, 2007

Folders with spaces buggy in Google Reader

Update Nov 1, 2007 - This issue has now fixed by the Google Reader team. Thank you guys!

Don't use spaces in the name of your folders in Google Reader. If you do, those folders will always show up as empty in the mobile version of Google Reader. It's one of those bugs which is easy to get around to once you know about it.

And on the topic of Google Reader folders, have you noticed how those are called tags in the mobile interface? Gmail calls those labels. Google seems utterly confused and doesn't know of something should be called a folder, a tag, or a label. Google, let me tell you, for everyone out there:

  • Those are called tags if an item can be associated with more than one tag. Because in real life, you can put multiple tags on an item.
  • Those are called folders if an item can be in at most one folder. Because in real life, you can't file a document in more than one folder at a time (if you don't take hierarchies into account).