Google Shared item blogs get more useful

This is a cool “little” feature in the latest version of Google Reader. if you subscribe to multiple people’s Shared Items’ blogs (I call that a link blog) it won’t send you duplicate items anymore, but will show you how many people actually linked to it. That’s a KILLER feature. But, what’s next?

I think Google is working on a Digg/TechMeme competitor and this is the first in a series of features that’ll bring Google Reader there. All of a sudden my decision to do a link blog using Google’s Reader is looking better and better.

I learned about this over on David Carrington’s blog who demonstrates how it works.

Oh, and we’re in London and having a great time. Milan is as good a traveler as his older brother is. Hardly a peep the entire way. Wifi here in the hotel rocks. It’s always fun to travel thousands of miles just to learn that the Internet works here too! Heheh. Seriously, today we’re probably going to get a tour of the BBC. That should be fun. Last week we got a tour of a Wall Street Journal printing plant (all of the Wall Street Journals that you buy in Northern California are printed about 50 yards from Podtech’s offices. They can print 60,000 copies an hour at that plant alone. It’s amazing the amount of paper and ink they go through there. Makes me appreciate how cool it is that we can distribute ideas via the Internet now and not convince someone to spend so many resources getting our words out there.

Comments

  1. Yup, there is a bunch of flat cap wearing people out the back of the hotel wirring away on their bikes to crank up the wi-fi signal just for your visit :)

    Nige

  2. Yup, there is a bunch of flat cap wearing people out the back of the hotel wirring away on their bikes to crank up the wi-fi signal just for your visit :)

    Nige

  3. I just subscribed to your shared items.

    Question is: if I read your feed (or anyone) through reader already, how will I know who has a shared items feed to which I can subscribe?

    I had to go to your site to subscribe to it…kind of defeats purpose of RSS ;-)

  4. I just subscribed to your shared items.

    Question is: if I read your feed (or anyone) through reader already, how will I know who has a shared items feed to which I can subscribe?

    I had to go to your site to subscribe to it…kind of defeats purpose of RSS ;-)

  5. They should make a feature like this but for regular blogs. I would like to see Google Reader merging similar RSS posts.

    That’s also a good way to ‘spot what’s hot’ because stuff that’s popular gets posted by many blogs the same day.

  6. They should make a feature like this but for regular blogs. I would like to see Google Reader merging similar RSS posts.

    That’s also a good way to ‘spot what’s hot’ because stuff that’s popular gets posted by many blogs the same day.

  7. Oh how long I have waited for this to happen!

    @Jeremy They also have a new feature called discover, which allows you to find newer feeds based on the your reading habits. How cool is that?!

  8. Oh how long I have waited for this to happen!

    @Jeremy They also have a new feature called discover, which allows you to find newer feeds based on the your reading habits. How cool is that?!

  9. You may find the latest Firefox extension I’ve put together very useful if you use Google Reader and want that “social network” capability…it adds a comment system (from IntenseDebate) to every feed entry and let’s anyone with the extension post/read comments for everyone else to read with the extension & same feeds.

    You can find all the details w/ screenshots at http://www.sixteenseven.com.

    I’m working with the IntenseDebate guys to add some features into it, and I’ve also had contact with the creator of the Feedheads (Facebook Google Reader App) to implement a possible non-extension version as well. Hope you enjoy. Please leave any feedback in the comments of the extension blog post.

  10. You may find the latest Firefox extension I’ve put together very useful if you use Google Reader and want that “social network” capability…it adds a comment system (from IntenseDebate) to every feed entry and let’s anyone with the extension post/read comments for everyone else to read with the extension & same feeds.

    You can find all the details w/ screenshots at http://www.sixteenseven.com.

    I’m working with the IntenseDebate guys to add some features into it, and I’ve also had contact with the creator of the Feedheads (Facebook Google Reader App) to implement a possible non-extension version as well. Hope you enjoy. Please leave any feedback in the comments of the extension blog post.