[LIS-Forum] Google Reader evolving into a Social Networking Site?

Sukhdev Singh esukhdev at gmail.com
Tue May 6 13:08:37 IST 2008

That is not a news, but my wild guess!!

Just wondering whether Google Reader (a RSS Reader)
<http://reader.google.com/> is gradually evolving into a Social
Networking Site?
It has now improved its Sharing options. It has become easier to share
your favorite sites with your friends
. It provides for a "Share in Reader" link that can be dragged and
dropped in your browser's bookmarks bar. Once that is done, you are
ready to share your favorite sites or the sites you just discovered.
Select a relevant portion of the site you wish to share through Google
Reader and click on "Share in Reader". (Well text selection is
optional, but it is also better to be focused).  A window will open up
with title of the site being shared with selected text already filled.
Now just put your annotation (yet another optional step) about the
site (your friends might like to know as why you are sharing?) and
click "Post Item". You have now shared an item through Google Reader.
You can email the links of shared items to your friends, share through
your blog (ready to add clip in Blogger available) or copy and paste
relevant HTML snippet in your site.

Will Google Reader continue to add such features and evolve into a
Social Networking Site? It can add profiles, favorite contacts,
communities, pictures and all that stuff. With all these usual social
networking stuff powered with shared knowledge (sites), Google Reader
could become "Google Wisdom" for a participating virtual community.

--Sukhdev Singh, NIC.

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