Google Social Bookmarking – How to Add Friends

How to add Chris Lang to your Google Social Bookmarking friends list

I guess the Google social bookmarking site is a little unintuitive as far as how to add friends. It does not have a big green button that says ADD FRIEND like most. I think Google is looking to try it out slowly. After all they have been putting the pieces together since 2004. Are we there yet?

Google does suggest adding your friends to Google Chat in Gmail to add them to your friends list in Google Reader. That does seem to produce the easiest “new friend” pop out in Google Reader.

How to add friends to Google social bookmarking

  1. Go to Google Reader, link opens in new tab.
  2. Click the link navigation on the left that says “sharing settings” just under “shared items”
  3. This will load your friends list.
  4. Add chrislang at to the text box on the right.
  5. Replace the “at” with the @ sign and remove spaces, avoiding spam robots here.
  6. Click the button.
  7. That will add me as your first friend.

Also you can click the link “find more friends” and it will offer you something like this.


How to add blogs to Google Reader in FireFox

  1. Click the RSS icon on any site.
  2. Click it:
  3. If you use FireFox it will ask you where you want to add the feed: Select Google
  4. The next page will offer iGoogle or Google Reader: Select Google Reader
  5. Done
  6. Now encourage all your subscribers to do the same.

How to add blogs to Google Reader in Internet Explorer

  1. Right Click the RSS icon on any site.
  2. Select “Copy shortcut”
  3. Click it:
  4. Go to Google Reader
  5. Click “Add Subscription” on the left
  6. Right click the text box and select “paste”
  7. Click the “add” button

If the site uses FeedBurner then it will offer these options just by clicking the feed RSS icon.

Some sites use a Google button, it is just a few steps quicker and make way more sense to everyday visitors, unlike us techies.

Click this button to add KeyWebData to Google Reader:

You are going to have to push Google Reader to your visitors and you WANT ALL your subscribers in Google Reader.

That is Google’s reason for offering this. More on that later, for now just get going with Google Reader, this is going to be real important to getting ranked well in Google. A high number of RSS subscribers is going to be your best Google indicator.

Google has no friends discovery or recommendations yet, but I will let you know when they do.

Tomorrow my Wickedly Evil Social Marketing Tactics will include tactics for Google Social Bookmarking, keep your eyes peeled for the email.

Have fun with it, Chris Lang


  1. Posted August 18, 2008 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Chris the post was good but couldn’t get the Google Reader to add you. So I went in added you to my gmail chat contacts. But I guess you have to respond back to an email before you’re added to my list.

    Maybe Google is doing this ‘at least one 2 sided interaction’ before allowing you to share google reader with someone new in order to prevent spam.

    So respond back to my email then I’ll add you to my google reader.

  2. Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Seems like you have to have the “chat” connected before it works yet I added you Chris and I have never used gmail chats.

    Can you clarify. I want to add friends but do they have to be chat connections?

    Thanks for being right on top this.


  3. Posted August 18, 2008 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Sending me an email, adding me to your contacts and chat and having me respond to the email all seems to help.

    Also I added a new article on how to create your Google profile here:

  4. Posted August 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    “You are going to have to push Google Reader to your visitors and you WANT ALL your subscribers in Google Reader.”

    Yeah, right! Fat chance of that ever happening.

    Too many people use desktop feed readers that they paid for, that have a lot more features and are much more powerful for their needs than Google Reader.

    I would not be just pushing another social bookmarking site if I push Google Reader. I would be attempting to change the software that people use in their daily lives and trying to get them to trade in something good, for crap. (yes, I think Google Reader is crap, compared to many other options available)

    I can’t see anyone giving up something like Newzie to use Google’s trash. I certainly wouldn’t.

    And I am expected to convince my readers to reveal their email address to the world, or set up another just for this, when their current reader doesn’t offer such privacy issues?

    Or ask them to use 2 readers at the same time? One they really enjoy and may have invested their money in for reading feeds and one just for bookmarking my posts?

    Get real!

    I would have better chances of getting Steve Jobs to sell Macs with Windows preinstalled, instead of MacOS.

    Not to mention that the whole idea would conflict with the interests of developers that are working on their own feed readers, such as myself. (and I have some intersting ideas for my feed reader that a social marketing nut like yourself would drool over)

  5. Posted August 21, 2008 at 6:24 am | Permalink


    Why be so negative app?

    You hate Digg but you use it…

    You hate Reader but it creates backlinks for your site when others share your feeds in it.

    Wait, feel a another prediction coming to me….. Yeah, I have it!

    App hates backlinks. Damn things are always bringing me traffic. Next up, App hates traffic. News at 11.

  6. Posted October 17, 2008 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    LOL. Touche! Bad day for app.

  7. Posted October 17, 2008 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Actually Sean,

    App and I have become quite good friends now.

    I should really watch how I read people in email.

    I really took her the wrong way.

  8. Posted October 23, 2008 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    App is cool. I just had a laugh at the funny lines in your response. We are all adults so we can laugh and have fun.


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