Every 8 months or so I convince myself that I should give Google Reader another go. So I export my bloglines, load it up and I go along my business for a little while and it seems okay, until i realize I'm reading only about 10% of my feeds because the damn thing is so slow. How did Google screw this up? If blogs are this next great big thing, how can this not be a priority? Either get it out of labs already or start over. I don't understand why on a site like bloglines can work so seamlessly and Google can't figure it out. I click on a feed, and all the new posts pop up and i can skim through them as i like. Instantly. No buffering, no loading. I click and they're all right there. Google takes at least 3 and sometimes as much as like 20 seconds to load up for each feed. Then if I've got more than 20 posts to skim, it freezes while it loads the next 20? How do you screw this up? It's especially bad for sites like engdaget, who post 1000 times a day and I don't care about a lot of that stuff, but I like to skim through to see if anything grabs my interest. I can't do that with Google Reader. Let me repeat that. I CANNOT READ ENGADGET ON GOOGLE READER. That's a serious problem, methinks, since there are about 80,000 people who subscribe to that feed, but it goes for all the biggies...Gawker Sites, News Feeds, Chowhound, Slate. I've forced to completely shut them out. I don't have the time or patience to wait, so i don't even bother.
So I'm back to bloglines today and all seems right again. I'm the biggest Google guy in the world. I rely on them for just about everything...email, docs, calendar, homepage. Everything. How can they not fix this???