Late last year I opined that Google Reader was a mess. I’ve changed my mind. Google Reader is actually an interesting attempt to change the way people consume RSS feeds, much in the same way that Gmail has changed the way people consume email.
The problem: Google Reader, as an experiment, hasn’t worked nearly as well as Gmail has. The deeper problem: As has become clear the more I read the Google Reader newsgroup — especially comments from Google engineer Mihai Parparita — there are architectural issues that prevent GReader from evolving as quickly or as usefully as it should. That’s not to say it can’t, but it hasn’t happened yet.