Google Reader recently released a new interface for users but forgot a crucial feature that many were looking forward to: A share button. When you wanted to share a post from the new Google Reader, it took way too much time and work to do such a simple thing.
Now, Google has integrated a share button that gives you one click sharing to Google+ integrating the two services even further. Before the share button was introduced, you had to go to great lengths to share to Google+ similar to what we detailed a few weeks back. Let’s take a look at the new share button in Google Reader.
How to use sharing in Google Reader
Now that Google has updated Google Reader to include the share button, it automatically will be available at the end of each post where the familiar features are.
Simply click on the title of a post to begin reading, and you will find the share button at the bottom with the Google+ logo next to it.
Click “Share.” Since you are already logged into your Google account, you do not have to keep Reader and Google+ open to make this work.
Enter your message, choose your Circles and click “Share.”
Instantly, your share from Google Reader will appear in your Stream to the Circles you chose to see it
From there, they can +1 it, share it themselves and comment. You can begin discussing a link with family, friends and more on Google+ by easily sharing items you discovered from your RSS feeds during the day in Google Reader.
Is the share button in Google Reader necessary?
There has been a lot of discussion on the web as to whether the inclusion of the share button was actually worth it for longtime Google Reader users. While modern users of the service were excited by the share button and were distressed by the omission in the original Reader update, others who had been using Reader for years were put off by it.
Many of them have resorted to using extensions and add-ons to get the functionality back of the old share method. Depending on what type of Google Reader you are, one or the other might prove to be more effective.
How is sharing in Google Reader different than using +1?
Sharing and +1’ing a particular link online are more different than most Internet users might think. When you share, you get to choose who you share with and what you think about a particular link. However, when you +1 a link, you are simply publically supporting something as opposed to sharing your views on what you are +1’ing.
Learning when to use each is key to being able to share and +1 items online effectively through Google+. Google Reader just makes it much easier to share links than ever before by integrating the share feature for use with Google+.