A little while ago, Google added a neat feature to Google reader. It’s the ability to automatically see subscribed items that your friends are reading (and sharing) when they use Google Reader.
Basically, when they’re doing their blog reading, they click “share” and suddenly, all their Google Talk friends will see that blog post when they log in to Google Reader.
I used to display my Google Reader shared items on my blog’s front page, but I removed that widget because I was doubting that anyone ever checked it. But I will continue to share items in Google Reader on the off-chance that some of my Google Talk friends use Google Reader and might be interested what I’m reading.
If you want to share what you’re reading, and see stuff other people are sharing, here’s what you do:
Use Google Reader to read your favorite blogs. (Why?)
Use Google Talk to add your other little Google Talk friends to your buddy list. I just added the folks to my list of contacts in GMail, which does the same thing.
Click the “share” button when you see a blog post you want to share.
The rest is done by the magic of Google. Right now I can see Mike’s and Julie’s shared items. It’s been useful; one of Mike’s shared items informed me that Google has added some new privacy features to the shared items functionality. Google scores!