Scoble gave his feedback on the recent enhancements in Google reader. The reader team added social networking functionality as we have all seen. It really got me thinking. So here goes. What if I could correspond with friends within Google Reader. I know it is the “Inbox for the Web” but I want an extension of my Gmail inbox fully in Reader. For example, when you click the email button at the bottom of a post you can email to a friend. But, they receive that email in Gmail. How about a Inbox for Reader email within Reader? Send and receive emails related to Reader in Reader. Powered by Gmail it would label (tag) all mails sent and received from Reader with a Reader label. Many people use reader as a tool for blog research. Blog collaborators could then more easily exchange info.
Scoble does make a positive point with no. 14 on his list. “While I’m at it, I’d love to add a comment onto each item so I could tell you why I thought it was important.” This is one things that draws me to Fav.or.it. Inline commenting the way fav.or.it describes it is cool. But commentary or notations within Reader for your friends only would be great also. Commenting of both types would be the best. Google Reader comments in my view would allow you to post a comment in at least 4 ways. 1 as a simple private notation for the user. 2 as a collaborative comment for friends. 3 as a comment for the world on the shared items blog. 4 as a comment for the author of the post inline (as Fav.or.it describes) . Commenting functionality is a necessary next step to Google Reader.
The Google Reader enhancements of the last few days although raw are for the better. I certainly hope that Fav.or.it, Bloglines, and any future competitor with a creative feature set will continue to push and challenge Google reader. I am confident that the Reader team will respond with enormous benefits to the end user.