Google stands firm on Reader sharing as users’ ire grows

Google Inc. yesterday said it would consider tweaking a new sharing feature of its Reader service, the only concession thus far to a users’ revolt that’s been building on blogs and message forums for nearly two weeks.On Dec. 14, Google announced that Reader, its RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed service, would link with contacts from Google Talk, the company’s instant messenger, and Gmail, its Web-based e-mail service. Any feed tagged to “Share” in Reader would be visible to any Talk or Gmail contact.The news brought immediate reaction from some. Danny Sullivan, search analyst and the editor-in-chief of, for example, said he liked the feature in general, but wasn’t happy with how Google implemented it.

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