Google has launched a social bookmarking service aptly named Shared Stuff quietly.
But the news is out:
Google Shared Stuff – Google Blogscoped
Google Launches Google Shared Stuff – Search Engine Land
Google Shared Stuff is Delicious – Marketing Pilgrim
Google Wants You To Share Stuff – TechCrunch
Google and Being Social – John Battelle’s Searchblog
Here is the best description of the new product (from TechCrunch):
Shared Stuff is simple enough; users drag a “email share” button into their browser, and click it when they want to add pages to their Shared Stuff profile. Links can include an image, text extract, and/ or a user comment. The results can then be viewed directly, via iGoogle or RSS. An interesting addition is the option to use Shared Stuff to post links to other social booking sites as well, including Facebook Furl, Delicious, Reddit and Digg.
Friend can be invited by email, and bookmarks made by Gmail contacts using the service can be viewed as well.
Other aspects that make Shared Stuff more social includes a profile that you have limited, but valuable control. On your profile you have the ability to share your name, nickname, job, geographic location, short description (5,000 character max) and of course 10 links of your liking. Below you will see the profile section of a profile. As with many other social bookmarking sites, you can add a description and tags to help you manage your stuff and the ability to share your stuff via email and RSS/XML feeds.
Here is the new profile of the Google Shared Stuff
So what happened to Google Bookmarks?
- Create bookmarks you can access anywhere
Bookmark your favorite websites and add labels and notes to them. Your labels and notes are searchable later, and you can access your bookmarks from any computer by signing in.
- Save time with quick links to your favorite websites
Use Personalized Search to find the sites you visit frequently and bookmark your favorites. Use the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer for quick access to your bookmarks and to easily create more.
A good question is why would Google discard their bookmarks service rather than adding the social aspects of shared stuff to their existing product?
If you would like a walk through of the new service, check out BlogScoped’s post which includes screen shots and instructions.
Have you added Google Shared Stuff to your Google Profile?