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Google Shared Stuff is Delicious


It seems Google’s decided to dive into the arena of social bookmarking with their soft launch of Shared Stuff.

Simply add a bookmark button to your browser:

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You can then use that to share your favorite web page. Or by clicking on any page that displays the share button:

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From there you decide on a label for the page you are sharing, email to a friend, or push to other social bookmarking sites.

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A pretty cool feature is that Google will auto-pick an image from the site, to use as a thumbnail. Users can scroll through the different images on the page and select an image that will best represent the site being shared.

The service reminds me a lot of Del.icio.us and even shows you the number of times a shared item has been viewed and shared.

Also like Del.icio.us, there’s a globally available “most popular” page which lets you take a look at the most-shared pages and subscribe to an RSS feed for updates. I’m curious as to how often the most popular page will start over–it will soon become pretty useless unless it starts over each day or lets you view the archive.

Other options include taking a peep at any Google user’s Shared Stuff and also using Gmail to check in on the Shared Stuff of your contacts.

Of course, it didn’t take long for bloggers to start suggesting Google might use all of this data as part of their search algorithm. As Tony Ruscoe suggests

With Google tracking how often a link is shared and viewed, it will be interesting to see whether this data is used by their ranking algorithms, especially since users are asked to tag their shared items.

Who Google? Never! They just keep providing these great free tools without any ulterior motive. ;-)

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  • http://thehotcrew.com/ huphtur

    google share reminds me of tumblr.com

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    Hmm…I don’t see the resemblance, what makes you say that?

  • http://www.thevanblog.com Steven Bradley

    The only thing that bookmarklet did for me was it loaded a new blank tab and then moved my browser from the left side of my desktop to the right side of my desktop.

    It was quickly removed.

  • http://www.wordhugger.com Word Hugger

    Google already has ‘google bookmarks’

    Is this part of a bigger project, or just a new name?

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    @Word – a different project.

  • Gregory

    Very similar to Shareaholic.com

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  • http://rosedesrochers.todays-woman.net Rose DesRochers

    I’m not impressed with “Google Shared Stuff” at all. The service does not work with Firefox (or it did not for me.) I had to change my security setting in IE to low and still with it set low, it blocked several sites I was attempting to share.

    Rose nods at Steve in agreement.

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