Thanks to new numbers from Google Reader
we may be able to answer TechCrunch's question
about just how big
Google Reader is from a few weeks. It appears that Google Reader already has a good percentage of the news reader marketshare. A few bloggers were caught
when their subscriber counts jumped this morning. Google only
just announced yesterday
that they would be starting to report subscriber accounts for Google Reader and the Google personalized homepage. Some bloggers using Feedburner
seem to be reporting subscriber jumps of anywhere from 15% to 50%.
Trader Mike has a good roundup
of some of the Google Reader numbers bloggers are reporting. CyberNet News also has a post
listing the new subscriber counts for several top blogs now that Google's subscriber numbers are included.
It looks like Google Reader's marketshare is still less than Bloglines
but it is a big surprise that Google Reader is already as close as they are to the leading web-based news reader.