I am not much for change, and since Google started rolling out updates to all of the products I use, I’ve found it hard to keep up. Instead of writing, I’ve been doing some housekeeping. Today, I thought I’d do something I’ve never done before: take a poll.
One of the issues I’ve come up against is concerning the new Google Reader. This is what underlies the ever-changing Assigned Reading section in the right sidebar. Any item I shared in my Reader appeared in the sidebar for those of you who might have been interested.
The new Google Reader has no sharing button, from what I can tell. You can “send to” some sort of social media, including to your blog, but if I send it to the blog, I have to send it as a post and I’m not willing to do that.
So here’s the bottom line: something will have to be done concerning my Assigned Reading widget, as I can no longer update it. I’ve created a poll to the right where you can give me a little input. I’m open to anything, so if you have an idea for me that is not an option on the poll, please leave a comment.
Here are details on the options listed in the poll:
- Move to delicious. This would require a lot of work on my part, and there would be a learning curve as I’ve never used it before. However, my understanding is that they support a similar widget, meaning that from a reader’s perspective, everything will have remained basically the same.
- Move to twitter. I already have a Twitter account, so this would be easy, especially as Reader allows for sending to Twitter. If I did this, I could put a Twitter widget in the side bar, and you’d see all my tweets, including any shared articles. The downside is that it might be hard to tell from a tweet what the article is really about, but I don’t know for sure. I haven’t tested that “send to” functionality yet.
- Delete it all. Please be honest. If you never read any of it and couldn’t care less, I’d be interested to know that, too.
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