People demand their public feeds back from Google

People demand their public feeds back from Google

Summary: Google introduced a new feature to Google Reader on December 14th that lets you view your friends publicly shared items -- little did Google know, that feature somehow ruined Christmas for someone, gave away trade secrets, violated everyone's privacy and created a huge anti-reader bandwagon that has plenty of room for passengers. People are massively upset that their public feeds are being publicized -- to their friends.

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Google introduced a new feature to Google Reader on December 14th that lets you view your friends publicly shared items -- little did Google know, that feature somehow ruined Christmas for someone, gave away trade secrets, violated everyone's privacy and created a huge anti-reader bandwagon that has plenty of room for passengers. People are massively upset that their public feeds are being publicized -- to their friends.

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I think the problem here, as ParisLemon puts it, is Google's system for determining if someone is a "friend". Currently, someone is labeled as your friend if you have them in your Gmail contact list and you have talked with them using Google Talk. Those two things together can almost certainly determine if you know someone well, but it's a bad way to tell if someone is your friend.

I honestly don't understand why so many people are angry about this feature -- sure, nobody had to "opt in", but people should know that when they make something "public" (share something that clearly states it's being made "public"), that you shouldn't use it to do anything "private"?

"Your shared items are publicly accessible. They are available as a page at http://www.google.com/reader/shared/11452057738876564749 (and there's a feed too)" -- on the shared items page

I'd like to get a true sense of what people think about this feature. Please take the poll!

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Topics: Browser, Collaboration, Google

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  • People demand their public feeds back from Google

    LOL just had to laugh at that pic.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: People demand their public feeds back from Google

    I think Google will add the new feature that gives an option whether to share with friends or not. They can have a button at the bottom of the article and give an option to share just like the photos we have an option in Picaso.
    bluemountainco@...
  • RE: People demand their public feeds back from Google

    I don't see the problem here. Of course, I have no friends, but then again, I have no enemies either so this point is rather moot.
    joe.patriot@...
  • RE: People demand their public feeds back from Google

    The problem is people don't know how to use Google Reader. "Shared" is only a tag, and much like the Shared tag, you can create your own custom tags that have obsfucated HTTP and RSS URL's. Google even provides a wizard to help move your Shared items to a new tag. There, problem solved.

    Other than that, I can't imagine anyone who honestly thought that "Shared" meant "private." No one made them click that button to Share something.
    Someguy2
    • "shared" is not the same as "public"

      When I'm in GoogleDocs and I "share" a file with someone -- or even with several someone's -- I am not saying the same thing as I want to "publish" something and open it out to the rest of the world.

      I have children, nieces and nephews, who communicate with me by e-mail, and adult friends with whom I share material that is not by any means appropriate for kids that young. If Google were to suddenly decide that "shared" meant "public" for other applications as well as Reader, how would you like it?
      rabidsamfan
  • google friends

    this is what i found on google reader friends settings:

    " Note: The friends feature in Reader is experimental and subject to change.."

    that said , i think the problem here , is that google should have called there reader a beta version ( like gmail ) and then thay can put this massage.

    i think people using real version of a program and not beta should not receive new features with out testing and checking before.

    never the less , i still think it's a SHARED ITEM so.....
    shoktai@...
  • RE: People demand their public feeds back from Google

    I felt exactly the same when they were on a rant about the feature. If one is so concerned about 'privacy' just don't share, I always understood share meant sahre with the world.

    New to me: WOW! Google Reader is popular.

    http://smugglaz.spaces.live.com/
    dope.smugglaz@...