Why Curated Content Matters: A Lament for Reader Share

Google Reader unveiled big changes this week, and the internet recoiled. Some folks (I’m one of them) loathe the new design: the excessive use of white space at the top of the screen, the heavy black-and-gray palette, the black-underlined links that have replaced the stand-out blue. But far more irritating to many users is the death of the Reader’s Shared Items feature.

Screen shot of my new Reader. That gaping hole on the left is where my friends' Shared Items should be.

If you used Reader Share, you’re probably in mourning today. No longer can you click the share button at the bottom of a post in your Reader, sending it to a sidebar widget on your blog and popping it into the “people you follow” section of your friends on Reader. No longer can you count on that easy click in Reader to show you the links shared by the people you follow — those trusted curators of content whose taste and judgment you rely on.

[To read the rest of Melissa Wiley’s post about the changes in Google Reader, head over to GeekMom!]

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