Want to know what key political players are reading?

This is an interesting idea -- Google's now sharing with the world what is catching attention from presidential candidates and political commentators. Political news isn't hard to find online -- it's basically everywhere.

This is an interesting idea -- Google's now sharing with the world what is catching attention from presidential candidates and political commentators. Political news isn't hard to find online -- it's basically everywhere. Popular news featured on Google News is often political in nature, and there is certainly no shortage of political bloggers out there.

But, have you ever wondered what politicians and journalists themselves are reading? Do they find the same things interesting that you do? To help you answer that question, Google has launched a website called "Power Readers" that aggregates articles shared by these people through Google Reader.

So right now, who are considered "Power Readers"? Well, on the Official Google Blog, they have published the current list:

  • Obama and McCain campaigns
  • Mike Allen, POLITICO
  • Chuck DeFeo, Townhall
  • John Dickerson, Slate
  • Mark Halperin, TIME
  • Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
  • Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
  • Jon Meacham, Newsweek
  • Patrick Ruffini, The Next Right

A similar type of system be applied to lots of different types of news though -- I think Google should definitely consider doing the same thing for Tech news (or perhaps even more detailed to something like "Google" or "Apple" news for example). What do you think?

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