It appears that Google have, just this minute, updated the look and feel of their personalized homepages. Feeds are now time, date stamped and open to show a excerpt of each article.
Many readers display their feeds in this manner, and Google Personalized Homepages have finally realized this sorely needed functionality. For Google this may also result in fewer people leaving the site as they aren’t immediately directed away when clicking on a feed link.
Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of having to open new windows to view articles or having to continuously “Home” back to Google after being taken here, there and everywhere when I click on an article.
It’s amazing how such small changes can have such a dramatic affect on usability and user experience. Useability is generally very subjective – what may work for you may not do so for me, and no doubt Google will aim keep pushing their version of the personalized user experience!