At last, a Facebook app that’s useful

by Mathew on October 19, 2007 · 4 comments

Google announced something kind of cool: a Facebook app for Google News, which allows you to choose categories or feeds based on your own keywords, and then share those stories with others and see what stories your friends have shared. Okay, it’s not a cure for cancer, but I think it’s a pretty useful app as far as Facebook apps are concerned — although that’s not exactly a high bar to clear.

I share stories I come across through either a del.icio.us feed (which is on my blog in the sidebar) and/or my Google Reader shared items (which are also in the sidebar), but lots of people don’t use those things, and may never use them. Google’s Facebook app gives them another way to see what stories their friends think are interesting, and to share their own picks from the headlines.

It will be interesting to see whether Google — which is about as data-obsessed as its possible for a company to be — will come up with any cool numbers based on what people have shared.

  • http://blog.teledyn.com mrG

    I was a bit disappointed to see that this google news reader doesn't interface with my REAL google news reader, and I really don't feel like managing two parallel collections of feeds. So did I miss something, or is this reader a Facebook-only thing?

  • http://blog.teledyn.com mrG

    doh– never mind, I misread “news” for “reader” and was wondering where my RSS feeds were. But this is News news, not news reader feed news. I'm all clear now :)

  • http://blog.teledyn.com mrG

    I was a bit disappointed to see that this google news reader doesn't interface with my REAL google news reader, and I really don't feel like managing two parallel collections of feeds. So did I miss something, or is this reader a Facebook-only thing?

  • http://blog.teledyn.com mrG

    doh– never mind, I misread “news” for “reader” and was wondering where my RSS feeds were. But this is News news, not news reader feed news. I'm all clear now :)

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