I’ve been using Google Reader for a couple of years now. I think I started using it to keep up with sites like The Consumerist that have a lot of useful information, but that I probably wouldn’t think to return to regularly on my own. I use it to follow a lot of food blogs as well. It makes categorizing and organizing recipes easy. Instead of copying and pasting recipes to a Word doc and then saving them to my hard drive, I can just tag the blog post and my reader automatically files it. This feature could be very useful in an academic setting when researching a specific topic. It would be very easy to keep sources organized.