Google slowly upping its ante on social
I seriously do not know why Google is quite doing this on a very low key note, when they always have been known for publicizing anything they do….
Blogger team is quickly fully integrating Friend Connect, so that Blogger users will ultimately have the superset of features Friend Connect provides. With the new Following feature, Blogger users are able to stay updated with favorite blogs and readers can easily follow their blog. Your dashboard now show you how many followers each of your blogs has. With a click on the followers icon, you can browse your followers, see what blogs they write, and read the other blogs they’re following.
Blogger members can add the new “Followers” gadget to their blog (from their blog layout), and show-off their followers to the world. The followers gadget shows the profile pictures of your followers and gives your readers a “Follow This Blog” link to join up too.
Your followers can also stay updated with your (the author) “Reading List” (blogs that you follow). The new “Blogs I’m Following” tab, automatically shows the latest posts from all the blogs you follow:
If you’re a Google Reader user, you’ll see a special folder in the Reader called “Blogs I’m Following” This is a dynamic folder, full of the subscriptions of the blogs you follow.
This development follows one of my earlier posts which talks about google scrapping their current search alogrithm to a more socially aligned one. I am sure they will pull a rabbit out of their hat again in the near future.
What do you think?