Google Reader Really, Really Wants You To Share With Your Friends

Aug 14, 2008 • 9:53 am | comments (3) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google has announced a new Google Reader feature that lets you share your blog posts with friends -- separate from your Gtalk contacts. Here's an example screenshot of what it looks like:

Google is really excited about this, and so are users. They are even ready for more -- sharing specific folders with specific friends, having a conversation with their friends, etc.

One big concern, however, is the fact that Google has pushed this too hard without giving users the ability to close the window. The screenshot explains:

(Photo from jaymeydad)

In subsequent threads (like this Google Groups one), forum members call the push a bit too much and consider that bubble a "pesky" one that won't go away -- there's no "close" button, as illustrated. Google Reader Guide has acknowledged the problem and said that the best way to remove the bubble (for now, until they fix it) is to hit "Edit" and then "Cancel."

Thanks for your feedback on this. Just to let you know, we now recognize that this is a potentially annoying way to introduce our new enhanced sharing features. We're working on making the decision to share items, if and when you're ready, easier and less intrusive.

Update 08/15: Google has listened. A Google Groups thread announces that you can now easily close that box.

Forum discussion continues at Google Groups (#1) and Google Groups (#2).

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08/15/2008 12:52 am

heh. and i thought i was the only one who noticed. wishing now i'd taken a screengrab and wrote it up. ;) -kpaul

Michael Fairbairn Cordova

08/15/2008 09:14 am

Those bubbles can be frustrating and always seem to be in the way

Chris Lang

08/22/2008 07:12 pm

Scoble actually predicted a Google Reader social bookmarking engine in 2006. You can now add friends to your friends list, share feed items, bookmark single blog posts from blogs that you read on the web and here’s the kicker, there is now a blog recommendation engine that recommends blogs you do not read by what your friends list is subscribed to in their Google Readers. Then, everything you share and bookmark in Google Reader of course comes up on your Google shared items page linked to by your Google profile. What really blew me away was the recommendation engine. If you add as many of your email list subscribers as you can to your Google Reader you can get a real good idea of what other blogs your subscribers are reading. The links in your shared items are all HTML and fully followed so every time one of your RSS subscribers shares a blog post it is creating incoming links to your site. Better yet, it uses the exact blog post title you wrote so now your links use your keyword phrases and bookmarkers can’t change your title tag. After talking to my SEO top dog contacts, they were all floored and assured me this is the new SEO tactic that no one knows about. It is kind of hard to add friends, the easiest way is to send a chat invite from Gmail and then email your contact you want to friend and have them email you back. It seems Google wants a two way conversation before they will allow you to become mutual friends. If you would like to friend me, add chrislang at to your Google Gmail chat and send me an email letting me know so I can return an email to you, thereby creating a two way connection in Google. Google is quietly rolling this out behind the scenes but it is a full blown social bookmarking application and the blog recommendation engine is the new blog marketing strategy. One thing I have not quite figured out is if using FeedBurner now hurts you since the links point at the FeedBurner redirect rather than your site like a WordPress feed does.

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