If you use Google Reader to make all your RSS feeds a little more sane organized, be ready for a pleasant surprise. Google has begun the rollout of the new look and feel for the reader website, and everyone should expect it by this evening. Go on and hit F5 for a while, we'll wait (have to admit, I did just that). The new look lines up with the rest of the updated Google service websites, including the black omnimagicbar across the top and your Google+ notifications baked right in to the upper left corner.
Speaking of Google+ and integration, the new Reader allows you to +1 and share stories right from the stream. This is an easy way to share with friends, and should work much better than the previous friending, following, sharing, and comments methods, which have been removed in favor of the new integration.
It works the same as the +1 button does anywhere -- click it, and you're given the option to share it on Google+. Type in your message, and the magic happens.
We're big users of both Google Reader and Google+ around these parts, and we're excited about the new look and the new + integration, but the last little tidbit Alan Green (Google software engineer) threw out on the official announcement is the best of them all -- expect a new Android app shortly. Sweet.
Source: Google Reader blog