Google Reader, the only RSS reader worth my time, has just pumped up the awesome to 11.
As long as you have a friend in your contacts (I guess this is how it works) with shared items, they automatically show up in your reading list. There seems to be a way to ignore certain users which is nice, depending on how many people in my contact list end up using Google Reader.
I just ended up reading eight things that Brad shared, and a couple of them were so cool I went ahead and subscribed to the feeds.
I’ve been waiting anxiously for this type of social angle to Google Reader since I first noticed that you could share items. With sufficient friends, it would be like a more personal metafilter.
Now, pretty please Google add a one-key keyboard shortcut for sharing items. (Shift? Seriously? Are we out of keys on here already?) Also it wouldn’t kill you to put a “subscribe feed” button right in the shared item, instead of me having to click on the feed link first.