Even though Google Reader is probably the best and most widely used application for following RSS feeds, it still has it’s problems and shortcomings. After the launch of Google Buzz, one of the most common complaint was the connection with Buzz, because it generates duplicates and disables comments on buzz originating in Google Reader.
Since Buzz doesn’t have a way to filter content (yet), for some the only solution to separate the two would be to hide the items shared by others in Google Reader and using only Buzz for social interactions. Unfortunately, if you follow a lot of people, hiding their shared items from the sidebar one by one can be time-consuming.
After the page reloads, the ‘People you follow’ section from the sidebar will be completely hidden. Furthermore, keyboard shortcuts linking to these items and comments will no longer work. It’s a pretty complete solution!
Antisocial Reader off Antisocial Reader on
I would recommend however not to play around with this toggle too much; I have noticed that Reader tends to become unstable and slow if you use it too often. It starts to display errors and stops loading shared items, even in the default state. Maybe it’s still experimental, but it would be great if the toggle would be integrated in the settings and stored in the Google account, like for the followed blogs from Blogger.