Internet geniuses are always coming up with new things for us to do, and they usually fall into one of two categories: things that waste time and things that save time. I’m involved in enough of both that I think I’m probably about even right now as far as time goes.

In the Time Waster category:

I got started on Twitter and Facebook after some gentle nudging from others, and now I’m connecting with so many people, it’s not even funny. (well, maybe a little funny)

In the Time Saver category:

Just a few short months ago I started messing around with using Google Reader to keep better track of which of the blogs I read were publishing new stuff, and it truly has changed my life (and saved SO MUCH TIME).

Well, I’m getting into something new (sort of; it’s an offshoot of Reader), and I can’t decide if it’s a Time Waster or a Time Saver.

You see, Google Reader doesn’t only keep track of your feed subscriptions: no, no, no. You can also follow (and be followed by) other people–hopefully your friends–and you can read posts that your friends have shared in *their* reader, and vice versa. In other words, if I read a post that I would want to definitely pass on to others, I click (in Reader) “Share”, and it automatically adds it to a list. The people who have subscribed to my shared items will get it in their Reader (next to my name, so they know who shared it).

To find your friends who are using reader, click “Sharing settings” in the “People you follow” section in the left margin. It’s pretty self-explanatory from there. (By the way, if you want to find me and you don’t have my e-mail address, hover your cursor over the “E-mail me!” link in my left margin; there it is!)

Got all that? No? Well, you’re in luck because I found this video:

So anyway, I’m not sure if I’m wasting time by using this feature because I’m reading more blog posts, or if I’m saving time because I get to read my friends’ favorite posts without having to sift through everything on the internet for great stuff. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

By the way, if all of that wasn’t enough for you, check out Tara’s post on how, through Google Reader, she found the End of the Internet!