The Google Reader team’s been busy of late, adding social network sharing and friend following features, but also giving power users a (long-awaited) ability to mark items of a certain age as read.
Most noticeable, on an item-by-item basis, is the new “send to” menu. Head to Google Reader’s settings, click off the social networks you want to add access to (or manually add a URL, if you’re hack-friendly like that), and they’ll appear on the send to menu. Reader will also notify you when friends you’re following in Reader have web sites with feeds attached in their Google Profiles.
But the most important changes, for those using Reader to get their news reading done, are the Mark as Read tweaks. It’s not a custom search by date, exactly, but it does let you skip through a huge pile of unread items after, say, a long weekend, week’s vacation, or general absence from your feed reader. You get the ability to mark items older than one day, one week, or two weeks as read, which is a pretty good start.
A few other changes are in effect for mobile users and note sharing, so hit the link to learn about them, and share what you’re able to do now, or what you don’t really like about Reader’s changes, in the comments.