New Google Reader rolling out with tight Google+ integration

While not everyone is happy about this, I love it!  The Google Reader overhaul is happening right now, and you should see it soon.  Included…

A new look, similar to other Google products

You can +1 items in your feed (instead of “like”) and quickly share items with your Google+ circles.

As part of that, they’re removing friending, following, shared items and comments.  Kind of a shame, but understandable since Google+ handles all of that stuff.

Along with all of that, an updated Google Reader Android App is coming “soon”.  No word on new features, but it’s presumably to simply make the changes above (remove some elements, add others).

Has the update rolled out to your account yet?

You can finally share your Google+ circles

Google is keeping the updates coming.  Starting today, you can now share you Google+ circles with other users.  From your circles page, simply select your circle, share it, and it’ll post to your stream for others to view.  They can then either add it as a circle on their own, or select some individuals from it.

The one catch is that they can only see how your circle looks right at the moment you share it; subsequent changes aren’t seen unless you share it again.  This is a bit disappointing, because you’ll have to be constantly updating your circles if you grab some from people you trust with curation.

Regardless, it’s a great addition to have.  I’ve already grabbed a few circles from others and I’m looking for more.  If you’ve shared a great circle, let us know about it in the comments.

For more about this new feature, check out the brief video from Google below:

Google+ Android app updated; finally allows resharing

The Google+ app on Android is widely viewed as a great app, but it was missing a few key features.  One of those has been resolved now, with the latest update finally allowing you to reshare posts from other users!

New features in this update:

  • Reshare a post
  • App now available in 38 languages
  • Incremental improvements to notification reliability
  • Clearer Instant Upload options in the initial setup dialog
  • Ability to create a new circle from the “Circles” destination

Bug fixes:

  • Eliminate Instant Upload duplicates on HTC models
  • Fixed “No name” issue in Huddle
  • Hidden 1:1 Huddles now reappear when new messages are sent
  • Fixed issue with notifications count changing when switching from portrait to landscape
  • Other performance fixes and minor UI tweaks
  • Ability to create a new circle from the “Circles” destination
Solid update.  You can get it in the Android Market here.

Google+ tightens the privacy a bit more

This is a nice move by Google: if you disable resharing on a post, it also disables the ability for users to add +mentions to the post.  It wasn’t a big issue, and it was one that Google debated internally for a while, but they ultimately decided to block it for the sake of user privacy.

Here’s the official update from Google’s Vincent Mo:

Many of you have asked for this, and now it’s here!

Now, when you disable resharing (from the arrow at the top corner of your post), it also disables +mentions. That way, you can really clamp down on who’s allowed to see the post.

There were reasons why we originally allowed +mentions even when sharing was disabled, but your feedback convinced our team to change that. Keep sending feedback! We’re listening.

Let me tell you, sometimes it’s hard to answer your feature requests without giving away the fact that we’re already working on them. =)