Since all sorts of folks are excited about the new Google Reader, I thought I’d give it a try. I used v1.0 of the product but got tired of performance issues. I’m a River of News kind of guy, so the setup is right up my alley.
Here’s my first impressions after about 20 minutes of use: very slick. I quickly imported my 188 feeds and was able to quickly make sense of the organization. It appears to be much quicker than the first iteration.
The keyboard shortcuts are great. Those features alone may possibly make me ditch FeedDemon. We’ll see. I really like the public sharing feed as well (Scoble’s using it as a linkblog).
I ran into one little glitch: using the “view original” function/keystroke resulted in Reader telling me my popup blocker was preventing it from opening the site. After pondering posting something to their discussion board I did the “duh” thing and added www.google.com/reader as an “allowed site” in my Firefox popup options, and now it works correctly (I have Firefox set to open new links in tabs).
So far so good. I’ll post more thoughts as things develop.