Until January of this year I’d been using Bloglines as my feed aggregator and had been since 2004. I’ve now converted to Google Reader and haven’t looked back. I tried Reader when it first came out but it only took a minute or two to figure out it was no where close the functionality of Bloglines. All that changed when Google switched to the Gmail UI which is far more conducive to my style of blog reading as I tend to like to skim title’s quickly, one of many reasons I think title’s are important. Take these two screenshots:
I think that pretty much says it all.
Reader also has better keyboard support and better UI in general. I’m glad I don’t work in the online aggregator business considering it’s so easy for customers to take their $g(OPML) and switch to a competitor. It took me two minutes to switch and 2 hours before I was comfortable enough to say goodbye to my old friend. I’ll probably watch to see if Bloglines can close the gap but right now it’s a pretty darn big.
Another cool feature of Reader is the Trends page (click on Home then “trends”). You can find things like your own personal reading habits and which feeds are frequently updated or not. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an online aggregator.