Friday, May 11, 2007

Sharing Posts with Google Reader

I'm very pleased Doug Noon has found my Google Reader shared posts feed useful and mind-expanding. You can tell we're on the same wavelength because his shared posts is the fourth most popular source of my shared posts (if that makes any sense).

I'm kind of surprised this feature hasn't proven to be more popular, considering a lot of people seem to be using Google Reader, and it only takes one click to share an item. I think the fact that you can't comment or tag the shared post at all is a feature, because it prevents you from making the task more complicated or involved than it needs to be.

4 comments:

Jim said...

it makes sense - but where did you get the fourth place stat? Does Google Reader give stats on shared items?

Tom Hoffman said...

Jim,
The stats are slightly hidden. Go to "Home" and then in the middle of the page it says "See personalized trends for your subscriptions and read items." Click on the link on the word "trends."

Jim said...

Ok thanks. My impression was that those are my own personal reading and sharing trends (i.e. which feeds am I most often reading and sharing).

Did you mean that Doug's feed is your fourth most popular shared feed being READ BY OTHERS? If so, maybe I'm mis-interpreting that trend stats page.

::sigh:: stats, while interesting, can be so misleading.

Tom Hoffman said...

Yes, I meant that my fourth biggest source of shared items is Doug's shared items. It is a little difficult to state that clearly.