Judging from many postings in different weblogs the last days Google relaunch of the Google Reader has significantly cannabilized at the desktop feed reader userbases.
Well all of you still staying in the desktop aggregator world here is a new Liferea improvement to be released with 1.1.6. Basically it is a HTML menu bar to do useful things to items in the combined view. Currently there is no other user interaction besides scrolling and clicking links. The plan is to also expose the social bookmarking interface, the flagging feature and a not-yet-implemented tagging feature.
The screenshot shows how it will look like. First thing: the menu won't be visible initially. This way it doesn't take vertical space and if you don't need it, well then you don't see it. Also the menu will only be visible for one item at a time. To activate it you move the mouse over the item title and after a 1-2 second timeout the menu will appear. I think this is somewhat intuitive and expect new users to accidentily discover the feature.