Google is on a roll having just launched their newest web service called Google Reader which is a news aggregator for reading the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds of various websites such as this here fine blog. Google Reader will let you search for RSS feeds from your favorite websites as well as similar related sites then allow you to subscribe to them and flag articles of interest in the same way you can flag important emails in Google Mail.
I’ve been a big fan of Bloglines for awhile now and I really like the way it handles news feeds, but I’ll be trying out Google Reader to see how it feels in the next few weeks. One thing that does bother me about Google Reader is it appears to strip out some formatting options from the newsfeeds it handles such as the HTML tags that allow me to float an image to the right of the text like the one here of Google Reader in the upper right corner (click for a bigger pic). Bloglines doesn’t do that so the article looks closer to how it would if you were looking at my blog directly.
Still, the interface in Google Reader is very slick and feels much more like an application than a webpage. Like most things Google, the feature set in Google Reader is not as varied as Bloglines and other similar services, but they do simplicity very well and if you don’t need all the extra bells and whistles (or find them too difficult to grapple with) then that may be a benefit from your perspective.