sesam is Péter Szilágyi, Engineering Manager at IBM Cloud, residing in Budapest, Hungary. This is his playground.

OCD much?

Besides the new look Google Reader now has the option to hide the number that shows how many unread items a folder or feed has. I haven’t really made up my mind if I’d want that or not, however someone pointed out in a comment I’m too lazy to look up that it could end the frustration and forced reading of feeds you’re not really interested in just because you have a Reader backlog.

It’s a valid point. My news folder usually bloats to 1000+ unread in matters of days. Even though I usually just scan the headlines for interesting bits of information. I also have a hard time keeping up with Sorozatjunkie: the parts that interest me are accompanied with a lot of completely irrelevant noise.

On more than one occasion I forced myself to read, or rather scan through, feeds I ignored for days just to make the unread number disappear. I can be very obsessive-compulsive about things like that. I’d also feel guilty about removing the feeds that I only rarely check. On the other hand I don’t have a problem using “Mark all as read” to clean things up.

Trends report that I have a 100% reading rate of – among others – MacRumors, Yummie, isolde, Neil Gaiman and xkcd.

Do you use Reader? If yes, would you hide the number of unread items?