Google Reader Gets (Another) Social Media Makeover

by admin July 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Google (NSDQ: GOOG), whose RSS reader is in a tight race with Bloglines, continues to try to refashion Google Reader into a social-sharing site. The latest examples: The company said this week that users of Google Reader would now be able to search for and then “follow” people who publicly share items via the site—meaning that they will be able to see all the items that those people choose to share. (See screenshot at left.) Google also said that people who want to share items publicly will now be able to limit access to specific groups. A third addition lets users flag items that they “like.”

Collectively, the changes suggest that Google has its eyes on social-networking sites as well as other services like Friendfeed that are increasingly being used to share news. Twitter, of course, has trailblazed the “follow” option, while Facebook is making it much easier for users to pick who they want to share content with and also mark updates as “like.”

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