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Google Reader's new bundle service



8:51 am on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google reader now allows people to create a package of feeds to share with reader friends, details in this article - [googlereader.blogspot.com...]

I've taken the system for a test run and found some uses that had previously been impossible, i'm wondering if they are intentional or if I can expect them to be modified shortly.

#1 - Previous shared feeds would only share an actual feed item if a user manually added it to his/her shared folder. This prevented the system from being abused by content scrapers who prefer automated means of aggregating feeds. Currently, under the new bundle service released yesterday, feeds can be combined and the need to manually approve a feed item to shared status is gone. Any feed from multiple sources can be combined into one much like Yahoo! pipes offers.

This may sound trivial but it was possible to filter Yahoo! pipes and other aggregating services from parsing a site feed, blocking Google may have unintended effects since search and blog search rely on acquiring the same feeds.

#2 - Adsense TOS. I remember reading the terms a long time ago and I remember an entry about placing adsense on pages with only RSS aggregated material as content. I can't seem to find that entry anymore or any other entry that suggests a site can't have an aggregated "similar news from around the web" section or category with articles that are 100% from external feeds (not counting visitor comments left on said pages).

Is placing adsense on pages created out of Google Reader bundled feeds acceptable?

I see a potential for abuse, not that any system can't be abused, that might lead to a new wave of MFA sites in the near future, have I missed something that would deter that?

Otherwise - I love the new reader bundle service, used as intended it's very useful!


7:02 pm on May 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Is placing adsense on pages created out of Google Reader bundled feeds acceptable?

I'd guess that if the page is ENTIRELY made of bundled feeds, then the Adsense program would not go for it. But I'm not strong in Adsense knowledge - the regulars in our Adsence Forum [webmasterworld.com] would know better.

Thanks for posting about this change - it may well open up some loopholes that make it harder for Google Search to credit the original source of content. Time will tell.


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