Facebook introducing something on June 20 — will it be a Google Reader replacement?

facebookFirst hashtags, now a news reader?

Joanna Stern at ABC News received a snail-mail invitation today from Facebook for a media event on June 20 that read, “A small team has been working on a big idea. Join us for coffee and learn about a new product.”

Many are speculating that Facebook will unveil some type of news reader. With the company knowing exactly what type of content its 1.1 billion users are sharing, it makes sense.

Also, when Facebook announced the arrival of hashtags earlier this week, it said that the move was just the first step in a series of new features that “surface some of the interesting discussions people are having about public events, people, and topics.”

Drew Meyers wrote a guest post on GeekWire a few months ago after Google Reader went down, touching on what could be done to redefine the feed reader experience.

“Turn my feed reader into a community,” he proposed. “Turn my reader into discussions, conversations, and, ultimately, connections.”

Facebook is certainly in position to do something like that — here’s to hoping that it will be something a little more exciting and valuable than the company’s most recent product unveil, Facebook Home.

Previously on GeekWire: You can now use #hashtags on Facebook

  • bobzrag

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