Development on the somewhat unpopular Google Reader
doesn't seem to go at a furious pace, but every couple months they
drop a new feature into it and usually it's at least marginally cool. Yesterday was such an event, and the feature
they've added lets you share selected
items from the feeds you read with your friends
. Now each label in Google Reader has a "make public"
option, and when you enable it two links are generated: One that your friends can click on to subscribe to those items
in Reader, and one for an Atom feed that they can use in any feed reader. It also works for starred items. You can also
do the same for your starred items. On top of that, there's also a new "clip" feature similiar to yesterday's
that lets you add a live list of your shared items to any web page by pasting a snippet of code on your site.
You can customize the box's title, color scheme (you have eight predefined choices), and number of items shown.