Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Share with Google Reader

I'm already a big fan of the 'Share a Page' Google Reader Bookmarklet.

Sure people can fake out what the page actually says by re-writing the summary of the page but aren't these people supposed to be your friends? Try that once on me and you're dumped.

I share discoveries a lot by RSS. It is simply wonderful to be able to share single pages; suddently my daily Mixx summary is worth twice as much as it was worth before.

I also have a diverse group of friends. What I'd really like from Google Reader is a tag/label based share system. I want to be able to share some content with people and mark it 'search' so it only goes to the people interested in 'search'. I'd like to be able to share different content with people and mark it 'gaming' so it only goes to my geeky RPGamer buddies!

Increasingly Google Reader is the centre of my universal. My web comes to me in RSS streams and I manage all that via Google Reader. I love the way I can handle the incoming data - I just want more control on my outgoing data!

3 comments:

Chris Cathcart said...

Yeah i like this too - Also, I really LOVE the new skins you can give to your RSS share page.

It's the simple things in life....

Chris

Mihai Parparita said...

Regarding your wish for a tag-based sharing system, Reader actually supports this already. You can give tags to items, go to the settings page, make that tag public and then give the tag's feed and web page URL to anyone you wish. This blog post has a few more details:

http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/12/how-to-share-it.html

Mihai Parparita
Google Reader Engineer

Andrew Girdwood said...

Thanks for the comment Mihai.

I think that solution makes all the posts filed under the tag public - but that's not what I want.

I'd want to share only some of the posts in the tag.

I'd also want to label incoming feeds differently from my outgoing. For example, I could have a 'google', 'yahoo' and 'msn' label to organise my incoming feeds but may wish to share some posts from those in a public feed called 'search'.

Yeah. I'm a demanding so-and-so! :)