Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We can now tweet from Google Reader

When you click the Twitter link Google Reader opens Twitter with a URL shortened link to the post ..
A flurry of features for feed readers

We've made it easier to share posts you like to Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, and more, with our new 'Send to' feature...

Just head over to the settings page, and enable the services you want to use.... you can create your own 'Send to' link with a URL template...

To share an item on one of your sites, simply click the 'Send to' button and choose your service. If you're into keyboard shortcuts, 'shift-t' will do the same.

It's a lesser version of what I wanted Byline to do. It's interesting, but, darn it, they got it wrong! I want a single button that would let me write a comment for sharing in Google Reader, and have that comment (length limited) go to Twitter. Also there's no option to send a post to multiple sites at the same time.

You can also send to Blogger, but it sends the entire page to the editor. I don't know if I'll find it very useful for blogging.

Overall, it's a step in the right direction, but only a smallish step.

Update 4/25/10: This is still not a part of the mobile reader UI. I think it's a dead end.

2 comments:

The Dude said...

I've always wanted the full gMail interface when stories from Reader. Until now there was only the limited version that was available.

NAME:E-Mail
URL:http://mail.google.com/mail/?fs=1&tf=1&view=cm&su=${title}&body=Here is an article from, ${source}, that I wanted you to see. The title is "${title}"%0A%0AHere is a link to the story%3A${url}%0A%0ATo make it easier to read I included a smaller link%3A${short-url}
Icon URL:http://mail.google.com/favicon.ico

Enjoy!

KimH said...

When I try to use this feature, Google Reader gives me a message that I have to turn off Safari's pop-up blocker first. The extra steps of turning Safari's pop-up blocker on, and later, off again, negates any advantage of the "Send to" feature for me....