Google Reader is getting a brand new design inspired from Google+ to be inline with other Google products in the coming week. Also, note that Google Reader and Google+ will be joining together, so you can share the best of your feeds with just the right circles, announced Alan Green,” Software Engineer.
Google Reader will no longer have a standalone sharing feature, a separate list of followers and people you follow, a feed and a page for shared items. This is great if you are a Google+ user, since it simplifies sharing and makes Google Reader more consistent. If you don’t want to use Google+, you’ll still be able to share posts by email or using the “send to” feature, but these workarounds aren’t very useful for sharing a large number of posts.
“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. 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,” said Alan.
Adding, he said “That’s the reason why we will also be extending Reader’s subscription export feature to include the following items”:
- Your subscriptions
- Your shared items
- Your friends
- Your likes
- Your starred items
The new Google Reader will be a great place to read and share your feeds. And in addition to Google+, you’ll still be able to share to almost any service using Send To.