Google Reader Knows my Gtalk Friends

share When I had a look at Google Reader this morning I was surprised by an image on the start page (displayed on the left).

Google Reader and Google Talk are a little bit more integrated by now, so users of Google Reader can see the shared items of their Google Talk contacts more easily.

Of course, it has been possible to subscribe to everybody’s shared items before via RSS. Though people had to add those feeds manually to their feed reader. Now they are able to see their friends’ items in one convenient place.

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Unfortunately only a few friends of mine are using Google Talk and none of those is using Google Reader, so this new feature isn’t really important to me at the moment. It was more useful to me if Google extended this integration to AIM as well; similarly to the way it integrated AIM in Gmail.

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