17 May 2009

My Google Service Wish List.

 I have four wishes regarding the interaction of five Google services.

◘ One should be able to export items from Google Reader as they are (i.e., as rectangles with rounded corners) into Google Notebook. One would then be able to organize and arrange items in notebooks rather than having no other option for sharing them than their appearing in reverse chronological order among one’s shared items (or needing to be opened one by one to be added to notebooks). Google Notebook could then theoretically become an advanced version of Google Reader shared items.

◘ One should similarly be able to export items from Google Reader to Google Calendar. I subscribe to events listings and want to quickly and easily generate an item in Calendar for each event I plan to attend. As it is now, transferring information event by event from Reader to Calendar is quite tedious, and I usually do not bother doing it.

Jaiku should be able to communicate better with Blogger, including being able to automatically generate articles on Blogger should a user desire. For example, one should be able to have all of one’s Jaiku posts for a day, week or month listed in an article on one’s Blogger Web log with links back to each individual Jaiku post.

◘ One should not need a Jaiku account to comment on Jaiku posts. The interface should be the same as on Blogger which has a pop-up menu to indicate with which identity one wishes to comment on an article. (The options currently are Google Account, LiveJournal, WordPress, TypePad, AIM, OpenID, Name/URL or Anonymous.)

 I also have a peeve about Blogger that is unrelated to its interaction with other Google services: When one publishes an article, one is then provided with links to view the blog in either the same or a new window. I would appreciate an additional link to the dedicated u.r.l. of that particular article, especially if I was updating an old one that would no longer be on the main page. As neither Google Notebook nor Jaiku are any longer in active development, I imagine most of these simple and straightforward ideas are nonetheless pipe dreams.

Graphic: LST.

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