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[Reader] Power Readers in Politics

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

Monday, August 18, 2008
13 years ago3,091 views
<<We're reading a lot about the candidates and the media this election season. But what are they reading? At now you can track the news sites and blogs Barack Obama and John McCain read (from Drudge to The Daily Show) and follow articles catching the eyes of leading political journalists. Both the McCain and Obama presidential campaigns and leading political journalists are using Google Reader to keep up with their favorite new sites and blogs as well as share articles that interest them. You can follow shared articles and blog posts, or you can add participants' reading lists or shared news feeds to your own Reader account.>>

Dave Shaw [PersonRank 5]

13 years ago #

I subscribed to both Obama's and McCain's but in Google Reader the feature (Show details) that shows how many subscribers each one has isn't there. Looks like it doesn't show for 'shared item' feeds. Shame – it would have been interesting to see who had most.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I thought McCain doesn't use computers.

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Google is featuring this on the U.S. homepage now.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Kirby's screenshot:

Ylde [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Ouch. It sucks so much...

Most of the shared feeds aims only at promoting journalists' websites (see how Mark Halperin tries to make people suscribing to the Time's newsletter) and not at informing readers. Honestly, if the proposed feeds satisfy you, it's probably because you've some crap in your reader!

Most of the shared feeds are truncated, with a title and a one-line subheading. It terrible and is completely time-wasting. Come one, Google Reader isn't a blogroll! Go regularly visite the original website if you're bored, but keep your feed reader clean with full feeds and rich contents: that will make you far better informed (use friendfeed for one-line news instead).

As Haochi said, McCain doesn't use any computer... and Obama probably has never use Google Reader too, contrary to his staff who can devote some time to target voters via this free promoting tool (e.g encouraging people to suscribe to SMS campaign via Google Reader's shared notes).

Seriously, I love Google Reader and I wish more people were using it. But I don't want friends to share "one line item", or to waste time trying to follow CNN news via a feed reader. This initiative wouldn't have suprised me if it was from Microsoft or a media group... but from Google :(I doubt any Googler is proud of that.

Have you any other idea for a better use of "Power Readers in Politics"? Maybe I'm wrong or I don't just get it. I hope so.

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