Google Revamps Google Reader, Adds Google+ Integration

Google has recently started rolling out a revamped version of Google Reader. The new version is released with an entirely new design and also has a deep integration with Google+.

The new interface of the Google Reader is plain and simple and is very much identical to the one seen in Google Calendar and Gmail facelift that Google introduced somewhere earlier this year.

The most noticeable change made by Google is the inclusion of Google+ sharing. The ‘Like’ button has been replaced by +1 button which enables users to share their content on Google+ accounts. Those users with Google+ login will be able to select which circles they would like to share content with via Google+ snippets.

All those social features revealed back in 2009 are now dropped in favor of Google+ integration. Google Engineer Alan Green in a blog post said:

“Integrating with Google+ also helps us streamline Reader overall.” He further added, “So starting today we’ll be turning off friending, following, shared items and comments in favor of similar Google+ functionality.”

When Google announced sharing changes last week, the idea was not appreciated by many as still many users who for one or another reason are not connected to Google+ thought to overlook the internal shares that occurred on Google Reader. Google responds to the users by saying:

“We hope you’ll like the new Reader (and Google+) as much as we do, but we understand that some of you may not. Retiring Reader’s sharing features wasn’t a decision that we made lightly, but in the end, it helps us focus on fewer areas, and build an even better experience across all of Google.”

Where Google Reader’s social features did have some advantage, the Google’s decision to drop them for Google+ seems justifiable from company’s viewpoint that is working hard to bring all of its social efforts together under one hood. A lot of things going on for Google as it recently discontinued Buzz, while introduced Google+ to Maps.

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