Activity Streams & Other Social Nuggets From Leaked Google Video

A new video, apparently leaked and intended to orient new Googlers about the Google Reader application, has shed some new light on Google's plans in the feed and social space, as well as providing some stats on Google Reader itself. Leaked Google Video Discusses Google Reader, Social Efforts from Google Blogoscoped is an excellent, detailed rundown on the video, worth checking out. The video itself has now been pulled, though the chatter about it continues. Below, what I found most interesting from the summary and some observations ranging from "Activity Streams" of social activity o [...]


Google Reader Adds Search & Other Features

The Google Reader Blog announced several new features for Google Reader. The big feature is search. You can now search your subscriptions, including subscriptions to shared items. Google Reader also enhanced the unread count numbers to show up to 1,000, as opposed to up to 100 unread subscriptions. Plus, you can now hide the left hand pane and use your back and forward browser buttons. Now for more on the Google Reader search feature. Next time you login to Google Reader, you will see this search box at the top: As you can see, you can enter in your search phrase, and then select "all [...]


Google Now Reporting Number Of Users Per Gadget

Got a Google Gadget? Google's now reporting how many users make use of it, in addition to the pageviews figures it started posting earlier this year. The new user stats can be found via Google's Homepage Content Directory. There you'll see gadgets that can be added to your iGoogle personalized homepage, with the number of users shown directly under the gadget's name, as can be seen highlighted in the screenshot below: Click through to the gadget's home page, and you'll get both users and pageviews, such as shown below: Users are the number of logged-in Google users making use of th [...]


Google Finance Integrates Google Calendar, News & Reader While Adding New Features

The Google Blog announced new features for Google Finance. The features include: Events section now lists earnings calls, analyst meetings and other scheduled events relating to a company Add those events to your Google Calendar right from that page View and download historical prices (example for AAPL) You can download the latest portfolio performance and transaction details from your portfolio Links to the news RSS feeds for each stock ticker Google News now links to Google Finance if the company is listed Here is an example of Google Calendar integration with Google Finance for Apple' [...]


Google News Gains Subscribe To Google Reader Link

A reader sent us a screen capture of Google News now showing a link to add news searches to Google Reader. As you can see from the screen capture, Google News has a link that reads, "Subscribe to a news feed for [query] in Google Reader." I personally do not see this option on my news or blog searches but this reader did. Hat tip Googlaxy.com. Postscript From Danny: I see the link in a search for photo awards and other queries. To make it appear, I believe you have to be (1) subscribed to Google Reader and (2) logged in to your Google Account that uses Google Reader. If so, Google sees [...]


The Numbers Behind Your Feeds

FeedBurner's View of the Feed Market at FeedBurner's blog gives us a detailed look at the numbers and statistics behind your feeds. With the recent adoption of Google Reader subscriber numbers, many bloggers have seen their "subscribers" and other feed stats spike up. In fact, we learn from FeedBurner's post that overall; publishers noticed an increase in subscriber numbers by 53%! In short, the statistics behind our feeds show us just a small snippet of our true feed universe. Let me explain... Your RSS or ATOM feed can be included in dozens of places including an RSS reader, a widget, d [...]


Google Reader Reporting Subscriber Numbers, Offers New Publishers Guide

Google Reader has now announced that it is now providing subscriber counts, the number of people who read your blog through feeds at Google Reader or the Google Personalized Homepage. In addition a new Google Reader Publishers Guide has been posted with tips on how to get add to Google buttons and answers to frequently asked questions such as how to view the stats. Many will see them through tracking services like FeedBurner, which also mentions the change here. From a search marketing perspective, Google personalized search results are now being seen by many more Google users. These are po [...]


Google Reader Adds Personalized Trends

The Official Google Reader Blog informed us that Google Reader has added a trends feature to Google Reader users. You can access your Reader trends here or via the link on the main page that reads "New! See personalized trends for your subscriptions and read items." This feature absolutely rocks for heavy RSS users. It shows you how you have been interacting with your feeds in Google Reader. Unfortunately, I do not use Google Reader, but Matt Cutts of Google does and he shared all his stats. I actually asked the folks at Bloglines to do this several months ago. Looks like Google beat them [...]


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