Posted August 14, 2008 9:41 am by with 8 comments

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It appears Google does listen, it just takes them a few months to respond. Almost 9 months after it introduced feed sharing features to Google Reader, the team have announced new features to allow you to control said features.

First, you can now select which friends see your shared items:

Another needed feature, when someone shares their items with you, you’ll get an alert and the option to subscribe to their shared items. You’ll also be able to decide whether you share your items with that person in return.

Next time you log into Google Reader, take a look at the new features. Then head back here and let me know what you think, or what’s still needed.

  • LOL… they used real accounts in that illustration 😀 I know two of them 😀

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  • Google has some good features, but still…. it has too much power..

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  • I was not using Google reader till now,,,,but will try it now..

  • One feature that would be of immense value is to add a button for choosing to see each sharer seperately or to have it aggregated into one message either daily or weekly.

  • Scoble actually predicted it in 2006.

    You can now add friends to your friends list, share feed items, bookmark single blog posts from blogs that you read on the web and here’s the kicker, there is now a blog recommendation engine that recommends blogs you do not read by what your friends list is subscribed to in their Google Readers.

    Then, everything you share and bookmark in Google Reader of course comes up on your Google shared items page linked to by your Google profile.

    What really blew me away was the recommendation engine. If you add as many of your email list subscribers as you can to your Google Reader you can get a real good idea of what other blogs your subscribers are reading.

    The links in your shared items are all HTML and fully followed so every time one of your RSS subscribers shares a blog post it is creating incoming links to your site.

    Better yet, it uses the exact blog post title you wrote so now your links use your keyword phrases and bookmarkers can’t change your title tag.

    After talking to my SEO top dog contacts, they were all floored and assured me this is the new SEO tactic that no one knows about.

    It is kind of hard to add friends, the easiest way is to send a chat invite from Gmail and then email your contact you want to friend and have them email you back. It seems Google wants a two way conversation before they will allow you to become mutual friends.

    If you would like to friend me, add chrislang at to your Google Gmail chat and send me an email letting me know so I can return an email to you, thereby creating a two way connection in Google.

    Google is quietly rolling this out behind the scenes but it is a full blown social bookmarking application and the blog recommendation engine is the new blog marketing strategy.

    One thing I have not quite figured out is if using FeedBurner now hurts you since the links point at the FeedBurner redirect rather than your site like a WordPress feed does.

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  • Wow, new features in google reader. Sharing of the feeds sound great.

  • Pay particular attention to the blog recommendation engine as this is going to be the marketing tactic of 2009.

    The entire scheme of what Google is doing really is the perfect viral marketing engine. The more you use it the better you will do in Google search.

    The more friends you have the better you will do in Google search.

    The more friends they have the better you will do in Google search.

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