Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Google +1 vs Google Reader "Like" - Competing features?

  • Google Reader had the "like" feature since July, 2009. Why didn't they release a widget for blogs to showcase the like count on each post? This widget would've also given  a way to users not on Google Reader to showcase their appreciation for a blog post.
  • When Google finally released +1 they didn't integrate it with the Google Reader like count. So, now there are multiple ways for users on the Google ecosystem to like/recommend a piece of content. Why?
Am I missing something obvious here? What do you think?
 

8 comments:

  1. Google is so massive with so many products - it'd have to be super central management if they had managed the integration with reader

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  2. would have sounded to much like fb like...new name...branding issues

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  3. @DJ: I'm sure they could manage a well-integrated product launch for Google +1. Apparently everyone's bonuses depend on it :-)

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  4. @grishma: They could've launched with the current brand name - Google +1 - and replaced the Google Reader "like" feature with it. Right now there are two social recommendation counts in the Google ecosystem - Google +1's and Google Reader likes - with the latter not available publicly as a widget.

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  5. Sometimes I feel like Google Reader is left out from all integrations. This might be a sign of shutting shop or lowering activity?

    Its advent killed away all the other web RSS readers, and some non-web ones; would be a sad day if it goes away.

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  6. Harsh, not a sign of shutting shop, but mostly of product manager working in silos. Everyone doing whatever they want in their 20% time.

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  7. Ya they need to get that integrated asap.

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