one of the key reasons i check into google reader is to catch up on some of the feeds that i know are top of mind. The left navigation list of feeds and the software-esque loading of the stories into the right pane allow me to simply click on a feed (ie. bankwatch) and see the last however-many are listed (infinite with the progressive load). Another key to this feature is the highlighting of what i have and have not read. Usually there are about five or six not-reads at the top. The titles are fully shown (as wide as i stretch the browser). and i never seem to have trouble making a decision on which to drill into.
I’ve been trying to replicate this behavior on Feedly and aideRSS and the closest match is to select a feed at a time and peruse that way. Feedly has great controls over the display, but i have yet to tweak to display the way google reader does naturally. Neither have the same emphasis on: all feeds, organized by time, latest first, highlight not-reads — oh and low-risk previews. I can click away and not have to refresh the page.
With a couple of clicks in google reader i am all caught up (well, i still have 1000+ staring me in the face). I am caught up on what matters to me.
Goal: catch up after period of time
Key context: Personal Trust in Feed, Then time
Behavior: select a feed folder to see at a high level, then select several individual feeds, preview stories of interest based on the title and snippet. Occasionally click through to the actual story (more so if pictures or more stuff is offered, or if i want to bookmark the page)