After using Google Reader for a few days, I thought I'd briefly review what I like and don't like about it.
- That it keeps old items (grayed out), so that you can always scroll down someone's feed to remind yourself of context.
- That you can embed it in your personalised Google page and set it to show a few feeds right there.
- That it uses tags rather than folders (although it displays your feeds in "folders"). This means you can have a feed in several "folders" (e.g. "grad students" and "daily reads") and it will mark it as read in both after you view it once. I'm pretty sure I had trouble having a feed in two folders under Bloglines for some reason. Either it couldn't do it at all, or it kept an item as new in one folder even if you had read it in the other.
- The fact I have to click on "mark as read" or scroll past an item before it decides I have read it. Often I just glance at a post and know I'm not interested. Or if it's a short post, I read it without scrolling. It is annoying to move to another feed and then realise that the post I just read is still showing up as "new" in the sidebar. But maybe I'll get used to this.
- It has trouble importing .opml files from blogrolling.com. But then again, so does Bloglines. And Google Reader can at least import Bloglines .opml files, whereas Bloglines struggles with exports from Google Reader.
If anyone has anything else to add, or if you use a different feed reader that you think is better, I'd love to know about it.