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Google Reader to Get Google+ Integration

Google is certainly doing some hard work to promote its products. Google has recently announced that it is going to upgrade its Google Reader and also integrate it with its social platform.

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In the next week, we’ll be making some highly requested changes to Google Reader. First, we’re going to introduce a brand new design (like many of Google’s other products) that we hope you love. Second, we’re going to bring Reader and Google+ closer together, so you can share the best of your feeds with just the right circles.

As a result of these changes, we also think it’s important to clean things up a bit. Many of Reader’s social features will soon be available via Google+, so in a week’s time we’ll be retiring things like friending, following and shared link blogs inside of Reader.

Google Reader is search giant’s RSS reader, which according to company will have a new appearance and Google+ integration by next week and will enable you to create reader-specific Circles.

Google Software Engineer, Alan Green said that we are getting higher demands for these changes. We have introduced a new design and withdrawing some features including, Friendling, following and sharing link blogs inside of Reade as these will be substituted by Google+.


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Alan Green further said that at some point you may develop a feeling that “the product is no longer for you,” in that case you are allowed to export your subscriptions, friends, likes, and shared items to elsewhere. It was back in 2009, when the search giant gave Reader a social makeover with follows and friendling. At that time, Digg along with many other social news services was quite popular.

We think the end result is better than what’s available today, and you can sign up for Google+ right now to start prepping Reader-specific circles. We recognize, however, that some of you may feel like the product is no longer for you. That’s why we will also be extending Reader’s subscription export feature to include the following items. Your data belongs to you, after all, and we want to make sure you can take it with you.

  • Your subscriptions
  • Your shared items
  • Your friends
  • Your likes
  • Your starred items

Last week, Google shut down its Google Buzz, Green said and continued to say that with the growing focus on Google+, such social features will be removed.

Until now, Google+ has been missing the feature of sharing news simply and smoothly with one circles, the integration of Reader with Google+ will certainly receive some warm welcome from the publishers.

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