One persistent annoyance in Google Reader has always been that the item times shown are the time of pick-up by Google Feedfetcher, rather than the time the posts were published. Now, the Reader team has quietly launched a small new feature that shows you both when posts were published and when they were picked up by Reader’s crawler. “Quietly” meaning there’s no blog post about it, at least not yet. Google Operating System and Lifehacker both posted about it, though.
To get the new info, you can hover your mouse over the timestamp in the upper right corner of any item in the content frame. You’ll get a tooltip-style popup that shows you both pieces of information.
Neat, huh? Finally, they add something useful, rather than focusing on useless sharing “enhancements.”