You’ve likely hear about the new “social” features in Google Reader that automatically show you your GTalk/GChat friends Reader Shared Items. If you haven’t Chris Brogan did a good job as well as a ton of other blogs and news site. You can access the features by going to your account settings and clicking on Friends. They have done a pretty good job with it and I like the feature. I’ve subscribed to a lot of peoples feed and I’ve posted about it here before and they make it super easy to use. Adding new feeds is as easy as adding a person in GTalk, actually that is exactly how you add their feed, and hiding their items is just as easy, in the Friends settings just click “Hide” or from an individual feed view you can click on “Hide” at the top of the list.
The real reason I started this post is a thought I had while I was mucking around with the feature and my last blog post showed up in my feeds. I know a lot of people subscribe to their own site, mostly to make sure the feed works, and I do this too and a while back there was talk about generating traffic by “sharing” your own posts when they show up in your reader. I personally don’t do this with my own blog posts, I do with some of the meetup stuff I deal with to help get the word out and have more people attend real face to face meetings but as a general rule I find it kind of annoying because if I’ve subscribed to your Shared Feed I also likely find you important enough to subscribe directly to your blog/podcast feed already. I see that same posts over and over which in the already flooded river of news I don’t need.
My point with this is that now that your shared items will automagically show up in peoples reader it probably even more effective to share your own stuff!