The new Google Reader interface is driving me nutso! Yes, there are more features, like other ways to mark articles as read vs. unread.
But, really, the basic experience of a reader is simple. Aggregate content, show it to me, repeat. That’s it!
Any time a design team says they’ve improved something by adding “more features,” I guarantee you they’re doing something wrong (or they work at Microsoft). I for one would choose simplicity over a host of features any day.
So, it was a great relief when I read on the Google Reader blog that you can revert to the previous interface.
Take a look at this A/B image of the old and new reader designs (click it for the bigger Flickr photo):