Monday, October 31, 2011

Now that Google Reader Sucks, Here's a Temporary Workaround for Sharing

Posted by Double M



  1. Go to your Google Reader Import/Export page

  2. Copy the URL from any one of the JSON Activity Streams and paste it into something like Notepad

  3. Pull out the number after user but before state. For instance, this is what one of my URLs looks like - I've bolded the number you need.

    http://www.google.com/reader/export/jas/user/14159582261100281918/state/com.google/broadcast?filename=shared-items-jas.json&likes=false&n=99999&verb=shared&co=false&hl=en

    There's probably an easier way to get this number, but I'm just getting it out there

  4. Open a new tab and type http://www.google.com/reader/shared/[number] obviously replacing [number] with your number. My URL is:

    http://www.google.com/reader/shared/14159582261100281918

    Again, there is probably an easier way to get this, but this seems to work

  5. You now have the RSS feed for your Google Reader content. You can't share to it from Google Reader, but you can share to it from Feedly which can seamlessly integrate with Google Reader and seems to have apps for mobile.

  6. If you post your RSS feed here, I'll add it to my feeds. Not sure if there's a way to comment, but at least we can share.


Now we need to figure out commenting and whether this even works. Someone test it out and let me know.

5 comments:

Ross said...

I just followed the link in step 4 and it redirected me to an alias of that page. I subscribed to the subsequent link and now your shares are in my reader feed. However, no commenting. Lame.

Mahmoud said...

I am still sad and still hoping someone is going to make them revert it. I tried feedly and I don't know if they're just bursting under load or what, but it just wasn't importing.

Double M said...

Feedly was slow as shit on 10/31 but seems to be working great now.

No commenting still sucks, but I figured we'd eventually find a way to fix that.

Sadly, it appears Google disabled the Google Reader share API sometime overnight.

Anonymous said...

Still sharing on Feedly. In firefox as the chrome addon doesn't have the share on reader option

Hard Drive Recovery said...

I am still sad and still hoping someone is going to make them revert it.No commenting still sucks, but I figured we'd eventually find a way to fix that.

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