Google, I love shared items. I love, love, love that you’ve equipped me with tools to share things I like, to pimp my own blog, to go out and find other people shared feeds and get a human-aggregated view of the web. I love it to death, and I’m glad you’re sharing the tools with me to involve other people in the game.
Okay, I get that this was like the old days when hotels put the porn movies on the bill so your boss would get angry at you. I get that. I can understand that businesses might occasionally get caught with their digital pants down, and that maybe a few strategic next moves might be sussed out by something in a shared items field. I get it. I really get Scoble’s point that the PR team could’ve done a much better job.
But I Still Love You
And I’m still using you, and I’m still going to share the hell out of things I find interesting, even if half of it is resharing what Robert and Geoff Livingston and other friends have already shared once. Because the data is still big and interesting and important, and it’s getting sucked into the fanblades of great projects like Steve Gillmor’s The Gang. I want MORE sharing.
I would throw away direct RSS subscriptions to MOST blogs if I had enough of the right aggregators in my Reader. Telling you now, I’m following more people’s shared items links and Twitter links than I am reading a blog straightforward these days, and there’s a reason. Google makes it even FASTER and easier to use this information for something.
So there. I’ve said it. I’m GLAD Reader shares my Items. Want some? Subscribe to my shared items feed.
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