Google Reader Shows Talk Friends’ Shared Items

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Google must really want to become a giant social network. Last week (boy, am I late) they added Google Talk friends’ shared items to Google Reader, meaning you don’t have to subscribe to their feeds; you just get them automatically.

Of course, that means all your Google Talk contacts also get to see your shared items. And people in your friends list aren’t necessarily your friends. I’m not sure how I feel about this new feature, mostly because I don’t share things (I star them, as you can see in the sidebar), and none of my friends have yet discovered Google Reader. It’s an interesting idea, and a good one (and from what I’ve seen in screenshots, well-implemented), but I don’t have a use for it.


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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