10 Scripts to Muscle Up your Google Reader

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Google Reader is my social media cockpit, the place where I pilot my online life. A lot of information ca be processed through the greader, but the trick to grow your online presence is to transform incoming RSS signals into outgoing signals. Here are a few tools that can dramatically increase the interaction between your feeds and other social networks.

A great source for info about Google Reader is Louis Gray, a darn smart tech blogger and feed lover. Those are GreaseMonkey scripts by the way, so get the add-on here if you want the following links to work for you (for FF only).

  1. greader to Delicious: Adds a button at the bottom of your feed to directly bookmark this item in your Delicious account.
  2. greader to Digg: Same as above, but submit items to Digg.
  3. greader to Twitter: Same as above, but shares the link on your Twitter stream – a less involving way to share links.
  4. Expand article in greader: A great tool for saving time on opening and closing tabs, something that can be really messy when you start getting +1000 feeds a day. See it as a mini-browser that sits inside any of your items’ box.
  5. Filter your feeds by keywords: This one is a precious baby. Simply specify which keywords you prefer or dislike, and the script will highlight related articles in a color that indicates the items that contain your keywords. Excellent when you are in a hurry to find that specific piece of news (works only in view lists mode).
  6. Optimized greader: Not everyone might like this one as it changes the design of greader to make it more compact, therefore showing more items.

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  7. Show Disqus Comments: No need to open link in a new tab, or expand the page with the expand tool above. Click the comments button to make the Disqus comment thread appear and participate to a post’s discussion.
  8. Blogsearch box in your greader: Sometimes you really get excited about an item that just rolled in your reader. Investigate a little more before sharing it back with the community, submit it to the Blogsearch first.

    Other Google Reader tools:

  9. greader integrator in gmail: As the name says, this script will display your feeds in a sidebar widget, and expand if you click on a feed. It can be super useful if you post blog posts from your gmail account for example.
  10. Readair: Adobe Air app to read feeds from your desktop. Can be useful, but I see greader as a connectivity tool, and the readair cannot be tweaked with all the script goodness I mentioned above, so it ends up being a plain feed reader (ability to star and share though).

Those are the basic tools you should use if your online activity implies a lot of sharing. There are probably a ton of other scripts to be used, so make use of the comment box below to share your knowledge. It would be greatly appreciated.

One Reply to “10 Scripts to Muscle Up your Google Reader”

  1. simply by having people share your posts. services like readburner will pick this up and distribute it to a wider audience. cheers

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