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Google Brings Site Following Feature to Chrome for Desktop

A big part of how Google has been operating for the past decade has involved experimenting with new features and services. While not all of their experiments end up being successful, the tech giant often ends up incorporating features from some of these experiments into their main properties, and the inclusion of features from Google Reader into Chrome is a really pertinent example of how this is happening these days for the most part.

One feature that Google transported from Reader to Chrome after the demise of the former was the ability to follow sites that you would be interested in. This feature was initially only available for Chrome for Android, and it enabled users to create a curated feed as well as stay up to date on articles and other types of contents that these websites might be publishing. This is yet another example of how Google is trying to turn itself into a resource that people can derive all kinds of content from which the company has already done successfully for video based content through YouTube.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this feature might be available on Chrome for Desktop soon through a patch that Chromium Gerritt has just received. This patch will enable users to follow sites through their Chrome browser on desktop, but there are some concerns regarding whether or not this would truly be feasible for them with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The main concern that some have about this feature is that it might be too resource heavy. Chrome is already notorious for draining a computer’s processing power because it requires an inordinate amount of processing resources, and this feature might take things over the edge. Regardless, the feature is in high demand, and chances are that the users that are interested in it would be more than happy to take advantage of it despite its heavy resource usage. Since this feature is an optional flag that can be enabled, it shouldn’t impact those users whose systems are already strained.


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