Google Reader Privacy Settings for Online Hermits and RSS Exhibitionists
Yesterday, we taught you to create a "Reader" list with all of your preferred follow-ees, where you can craft and edit your contact list to allow sharing between certain people. To see exactly who is following you and who you are following, head to www.google.com/profiles/YourGmailName and browse. (To see what you're sharing, try www.google.com/reader/shared/YourGmailName.) Remember: if you set it up using your contacts list, those people can see your shared links. (For more general Google control, you'll have to head to www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount. Managing Google privacy settings is a well-noted nightmare.)
But why does everything now have to have a social component? What if you just want to read your daily news without anyone poking a nose in or "liking" the stuff you see? Or, contrarily, what if you have nothing to hide, and you'd like all of your Reader travels exposed on Facebook, Twitter and more?
Be An Open Book!If, for some reason, you love the idea of promoting and sharing the Reader RSS posts that you adore, head right on back to your Reader home, and hit 'Settings' in the upper-left corner. Follow the same instructions as above, but, after you check all of your boxes, hit 'Public' in the drop-down bar. (Duh.) For your pals that aren't on Reader, your newly public shared items can be viewed at www.google.com/reader/shared/YourGmailName.
Now, this is where you get meta. The items you share have now created their own RSS feed. (It's like 'Inception!' Just go deeper!) You can use this RSS feed wherever you'd like; put it in Facebook, link it to Twitter, or even follow yourself. (The cycle is endless.) We'll talk more about integration later, but, for the time being, it's important to know that you've created an RSS of the stuff you like.