Google Reader, the next “Digg?”

Steve Rubel and a variety of others are opining that Google Reader could be turned into the next Digg. Oh, I so so so agree with that!

Imagine what’d happen if Google bought TechMeme, and used its algorithms on Google Reader feeds too. Hmmm.

I do know that I’m really seeing some great blogging come through Google Reader — the result set is more diverse than TechMeme (more Z listers, yeah!) and more focused than Digg (less noise, more tech).

A commenter over on Rubel’s blog is wondering how Google is going to dominate the news aggregator business to make this happen. I don’t think that Google needs more than a few thousand people. Based on the notes I’m getting from my readers a lot of people are converting to Google Reader.

If Google improves it a little bit more, I imagine that’ll turn to a flood of people. I sure would like to find other Google Reader users who share items similar to the ones I share with people. I’d love to combine those two feeds, then remove duplicates (dupes are a real problem once you start subscribing to other Google Reader feeds).

I also wish my readers could just download my OPML file without me sharing it somewhere. Speaking of which, gotta work on that, but after this weekend since I’ll be busy until then.

82 thoughts on “Google Reader, the next “Digg?”

  1. Well, you were right! Google Reader is the new social bookmarking engine and it is Google Reader that is the gas.

    Google Reader adds a friends list, many social features like bookmarking, RSS feed item sharing, comments on blog posts and a blog recommendation engine based on your friends feeds and what you have in Google Reader

    http://www.keywebdata.com/?p=136

    This is the first time I have ever beat everybody to breaking news, even TechCrunch.

    My blog is banned by Digg, but if you write the article we will take it front page for you on Digg. Just email me so I can link to your article, you had the vision in 2006.

    Cheers = Chris Lang

  2. Well, you were right! Google Reader is the new social bookmarking engine and it is Google Reader that is the gas.

    Google Reader adds a friends list, many social features like bookmarking, RSS feed item sharing, comments on blog posts and a blog recommendation engine based on your friends feeds and what you have in Google Reader

    http://www.keywebdata.com/?p=136

    This is the first time I have ever beat everybody to breaking news, even TechCrunch.

    My blog is banned by Digg, but if you write the article we will take it front page for you on Digg. Just email me so I can link to your article, you had the vision in 2006.

    Cheers = Chris Lang

  3. Google Reader is the best web-based reader out there – no question. But I really wish the Reader guys would be snappier about fixing bugs. For instance, the “In expanded view, mark items as read when you scroll past them.” checkbox under “Scroll options” hasn’t worked for many months now and nobody seems to care. I un-check it and it still insists on marking posts as read on scrolling. Gngngngngn…

    I am not a “neat” reader and keep reading random posts in multiple iterations – pwease oh pwease make it work…

  4. Google Reader is the best web-based reader out there – no question. But I really wish the Reader guys would be snappier about fixing bugs. For instance, the “In expanded view, mark items as read when you scroll past them.” checkbox under “Scroll options” hasn’t worked for many months now and nobody seems to care. I un-check it and it still insists on marking posts as read on scrolling. Gngngngngn…

    I am not a “neat” reader and keep reading random posts in multiple iterations – pwease oh pwease make it work…

  5. Google Reader seems to be totally down, and in standard Google fashion we’re getting no response as to why.

  6. Google Reader seems to be totally down, and in standard Google fashion we’re getting no response as to why.

  7. “I sure would like to find other Google Reader users who share items similar to the ones I share with people. I’d love to combine those two feeds…”
    Robert, I switched to Google Reader after you raved about it during the blogger dinner in Chicago before the Ragan Conference.

    I’m also sharing my link blog at http://www.google.ca/reader/shared/05679297470062861004. Please feel free to take a look at it and use it, if it meets your purpose.

  8. “I sure would like to find other Google Reader users who share items similar to the ones I share with people. I’d love to combine those two feeds…”
    Robert, I switched to Google Reader after you raved about it during the blogger dinner in Chicago before the Ragan Conference.

    I’m also sharing my link blog at http://www.google.ca/reader/shared/05679297470062861004. Please feel free to take a look at it and use it, if it meets your purpose.

  9. Surely someone can write a script where we all can submit our Google shared feeds list/rss feed and then use that data to come up with a functional Digg/Reddit prototype?

    Until Google does the same of course…

  10. Surely someone can write a script where we all can submit our Google shared feeds list/rss feed and then use that data to come up with a functional Digg/Reddit prototype?

    Until Google does the same of course…

  11. I was already sold on Google Reader when I accessed it through my Blackberry. Then I was overwhelmed. Read in Blackberry and instantly updated on the web version. But the key is that the BB version is customised by Google with things like “keep unread”.
    Re the Digg thing … the “share this” function has exponential possibilities. You have to try it, live with it to see that.

  12. I was already sold on Google Reader when I accessed it through my Blackberry. Then I was overwhelmed. Read in Blackberry and instantly updated on the web version. But the key is that the BB version is customised by Google with things like “keep unread”.
    Re the Digg thing … the “share this” function has exponential possibilities. You have to try it, live with it to see that.

  13. Robert, that commenter in Steve’s blog would be me :-)

    I’m not wondering *how* Google is going to dominate the news aggregator business.

    I’m saying that for something like Google Reader to put down a site like Digg it would first have to dominate the news aggregator space, because as long as there are masses of people who don’t use that reader/service, they will resort to other services that give them what Digg dives them today, without giving up their own news reader. And it certainly doesn’t take just a few thousand people to take over that space.

    You only need a few thousand people to get a social thing going, but you certainly need a lot more to turn it into the “next Digg” or whatever IMHO.

  14. Robert, that commenter in Steve’s blog would be me :-)

    I’m not wondering *how* Google is going to dominate the news aggregator business.

    I’m saying that for something like Google Reader to put down a site like Digg it would first have to dominate the news aggregator space, because as long as there are masses of people who don’t use that reader/service, they will resort to other services that give them what Digg dives them today, without giving up their own news reader. And it certainly doesn’t take just a few thousand people to take over that space.

    You only need a few thousand people to get a social thing going, but you certainly need a lot more to turn it into the “next Digg” or whatever IMHO.

  15. If Google would really start to look at their reader stats they could use that to help search blogs/everything better. The the more people who subscribe to your blog and who actually click links on your blog, the more useful your posts are and links probably are. If Google started to give different weighting to these referring links based upon actual human click throughs they could tell what was a good link and what was a bad link ( Wizard of Oz flashback ) even more accurately. Its basically a way for Google to validate their index using real live humans.
    -d

  16. If Google would really start to look at their reader stats they could use that to help search blogs/everything better. The the more people who subscribe to your blog and who actually click links on your blog, the more useful your posts are and links probably are. If Google started to give different weighting to these referring links based upon actual human click throughs they could tell what was a good link and what was a bad link ( Wizard of Oz flashback ) even more accurately. Its basically a way for Google to validate their index using real live humans.
    -d

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