I’m a longtime user of Bloglines for reading RSS feeds. It’s simple, clean and very, very quick to use. But, I’d been hearing good things about Google Reader lately, so I thought I’d take it for a spin.
I’ve been reading my ~150 feeds in Google Reader the past few days, and I have to say, I think I’ll be sticking with Bloglines.
Google Reader looks a bit slicker, but it wastes a lot more pixels on the screen with superfluous lines and boxes that distract me from the text. It also doesn’t show as many feeds in the left column, wasting space on the “all/starred/shared items” controls that I don’t use.
It’s harder to mark things as read in Google Reader — one has to manually scroll through the items or remember to click the “mark all as read” button. That’s annoying. I can’t adjust the width of the left column in Google Reader.
I guess the grass isn’t greener after all.