Google Reader was launched in 2005, and I've been hooked ever since. Many people aren't aware of the capabilities Google Reader has. Think of it this way, rather than going out to check every possible website for new stories, you can have the news delivered to you. With a little work, you can also turn Google Reader into a powerful brand management dashboard, or even use it to keep up with LinkedIn. To kick the series off, and learn how to really make the best use of Google Reader, let's get a basic understanding of what it is: Google Reader in Plain English In tomorrow's post, we'll look at how to navigate Google Reader.