I am trying to use the RSS widget to display the feed from my tagged items in Google Reader. I have made my feed public on Google Reader and the widget pulls in the and displays the titles correctly. Unfortunately none of the links work.
Looking at the links, it appears that the widget is removing some special characters like ~ or adding more information than necessary.
I read that this is becasue the feed from Google is in Atmo format as opposed to RSS 2.0.
The current Magpie RSS reader does not handle ATOM feeds well.
ATOM is looking to be the approved standard for all things feedery, and so enhanced future support in WordPress is quite likely. But not for a while. There’s been some pushback from the WordPress developers, some of whom have the crazy opinion that we should remove feedreading entirely.
So for now, the arguments will continue, and ATOM will continue to be badly supported.