While Google Buzz made quite a, ah…sensation, when it debuted, it seems to have become rather overshadowed now. Other than the news this week of the settlement they have reached there’s been no real, well, buzz around it. But strangely I have almost four times as many followers on there as I do on Twitter, and it goes up daily. And all of my Buzz, like those of most people I follow, is forwarded from Twitter.
All of this got me thinking about a Google property that I use a lot – Reader. One thing I like about Buzz is that when I am in Reader I can share cool articles I find to Buzz very easily. When you click the “Share” button at the bottom of a Reader article it should automatically post to Buzz for all of your followers to see. If it doesn’t then make sure it is set to Public by going into the left column and clicking “Your Stuff” and then “Shared Items”. At the top make sure that “Your x shared items are” is set to Public.
You can also allow your shared items to post to your Twitter feed via Twitterfeed. Just go to your Google Reader Shared Items page, copy the Atom feed and paste it into Twitterfeed. Then just authorize your Twitter account to sync them up.
Of course the easiest, but least high-profile way of sharing items from Google Reader is to simply click the good ol’ “Email” button at the bottom of an article and forward it along to whoever you think may be interested.
I am sure there are many other ways to share Google Reader content, but these are the simplest that I have found.