While waiting to board an elevator in the Tribune Tower, a fella was walking out and saying to the people around him, “I like to read the WHOLE paper, but y’know, you can’t get that feeling with the web.”
As an employee of Tribune Company, let me say that I don’t know who this person is walking out the elevator. For all I know he could have been a visitor. In fact, he looked a little lost upon exiting the elevator. His words are not representative for Tribune. But they do bring up an interesting point.
He makes a good point that, yes, it is nice to flip through the newspaper as a package. Yes, it is a nice feeling to have completed looking through a whole newspaper. BUT. BUT. You can get that same feeling with subscribing to a website’s RSS feed and reading that on Google Reader. You have a set package of stories you can flip through. It’s a nice feeling to have that story counter on Google Reader go down to zero and complete browsing through the stories for that moment.
I tell you. Google Reader is still an immensely under-used product with the general public.