I never much used the sharing features of Google Reader, but it occurred to me today that in many ways, that sort of thing enabled a purer, earlier form of blogging. Jorn Barger, who coined the term “weblog”, originally said that, “a true weblog is a log of all the URLs you want to save or share.” (This being number one on Barger’s “Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers” from Wired.) What was nice about Google Reader was that it made it literally just one click to go from reading an interesting article to sharing it. Google’s (and Facebook’s) embracing of Activity Streams sort of intentionally removes a lot of the work of sharing an article from the sharer. Its subject verb object (user shared URL) model means that a reader is getting a pure view of the article being shared with no ability for the sharer to interfere with or alter the page being shared. That is, if I’m writing my own blog post (like I’m doing right now), I can misrepresent an outgoing link. I shortened the title of Wired’s article above, for example. I did it for editorial reasons, not to be nefarious, but using a “click to share” model removes that ability from me. Of course there’s merit in taking the time to write original work with research, but for the simple sharing of interesting stuff with a sentence or two’s commentary, there’s a lot to like about pushbutton sharing.