In the aftermath of privacy concerns from individuals and groups, Google has made changes to the Google Reader.
When Google updated its Google Reader program earlier this month it expanded the program’s features allowing users to share items with Google Chat “friends.” Soon after the update Google was blasted by Google Reader users who felt Google shared too much with others.
Google has since modified its sharing feature to appease critics.
This Google SNAFU isn’t on par with the Facebook data sharing fiasco, but there are some similar lessons to learned.
Google Reader is a Web-based RSS reader that allows people keep tabs on blogs and news feeds that they subscribe to. With Google Reader you can view subscriptions in one central location. For some time now Google has allowed you to share news feeds and blog posts you were viewing with friends. To do this you would select a “share” option on the Google Reader item in question.