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June 30, 2010

10 Cool Google Reader Buttons You Can Use to Post Feed Content

by Varun Kashyap on Aug. 22nd, 2009

The Google Reader team has been rolling out features one after the another to make it more social and fun to use. We always love functionality that has room for experimentation and clever tricks. Be it the auto response in Gmail or the new Google Reader ‘Send-To’ menu.

The Google Reader Send-To button lets you post feed articles to Twitter, Delicious, Blogger, Posterous, Digg, Tumblr and more. If you have not done so you need to go to your Google Reader settings then to the ‘Send To’ tab and choose the sites/services you want to enable. There are already 10+ services and sites you can choose from, however the real action lies a little below.

You can create your own custom menu entries to do all kinds of interesting stuff with the feed articles. Let me explain how:

Google Reader offers you certain placeholders viz ${source}, ${title}, ${url} and ${short-url} which represent the Site, Title, URL and shortened URL of the feed entry you are currently reading. So if you would like to search for the title of the current entry on Google you could easily use the syntax:${title}

So as along as the site/service you are planning to add allows you to play with the URL you can easily create the menu entry for it.

Here are some examples you can add. (Some sites may not like hot linking to images/icons):

Blog to WordPress

Name Blog To WordPress URL http://www.<yourWordpressDomainName&gt;.com/wp-admin/press-this.php?u=${url}&t=${title}&s=${source}&v=2 Icon URL

Save as PDF

Name Save as PDF URL${url} Icon URL

Send to

Name Send to URL${url}&title=${title} Icon URL

Share This button

Name Share this URL${url}&title=${title} Icon URL

Send to Evernote

Name Send to Evernote URL${url}&title=${title} Icon URL

Name URL${title}%E2%80%9d%3a%20${short-url} Icon URL

View full text of partial feeds

Name Full Text Feed URL${url} Icon URL

Translate an Article

Name Google Translate URL${url} Icon URL

Archive with Iterasi

Name Iterasi URL${url} Icon URL

Speed Read with Zap Reader

Name Zap Reader URL${url} Icon URL

Make sure you disable the popup blocker for Google Reader as most of these will open as a popup.

If you have some other cool send to tricks up your sleeve then share with us in the comments!

(By) Varun Kashyap – Programmer, Blogger and Tech Enthusiast, who tweets @VarunKashyap and blogs about tips, tricks and latest on the web at TechCrazy Blog


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