Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Google Tips: Sharing posts in Google Reader

“The latest Reader update is "a disaster". One of the reasons could be that most of the initial members of the Reader team left Google and the new team doesn't understand the goal of the product”, says Brian Shih, a former Google Reader Product Manager.
"It's as if whoever made the update did so without ever actually using the product to, you know, read something. Reader is a product built to consume information, quickly. We designed it to be very good at that one thing. G+ is an experience built around browsing (similar to Facebook) and socializing. Taking the UI paradigm for G+ and mashing it onto Reader without any apparent regard for the underlying function is awful and it shows," says Brian.



There's also a privacy downside: +1's are public, even if you only want to share a post with one or two people. Moreover, Brian says that sharing a post in the new interface is much difficult than ever. Now, it is required to click "+1", then click "Share on Google+", select your audience and then click the "Share" button instead of clicking "Share" or using a keyboard shortcut. Besides, +1's are public, even if you only want to share a post with one or two people. This is a major flaw of the new interface. However, there is a way to share a post without first clicking +1. From the Google’s navigation bar, you can use the “Share” box.
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