Google Reader deleting unread posts

I think I’ve just found out that Google Reader automatically deletes any unread items that are more than a month old. I wasn’t really expecting to find anything too important in those hundreds of unread posts, but I’m still a bit surprised. I’d quite like to think that if something has been ‘unread’, I would be able one day to read it.


  1. Reader doesn’t actually delete old unread posts, it just marks them as read. If you show all items for a feed or a folder, you can scroll back to see even these old items.

    Mihai Parparita
    Google Reader Engineer

  2. I’ve noticed the same thing and it’s driving me crazy. What sort of use-case assumption is it to mark a post as read after it’s a month old? If I have kept a post as unread then I want it to stay unread unless I change it myself.

    What a ridiculous assumption made by the software engineers. I’m actually planning to use another reader now as this is unacceptable.

    And not to mention all the ads Google has started inserting!!