Get Rid of Explore Feature in Google Reader

Google recently added a new feature to called Explore, which suggests new feeds to users based on their reading habits.

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Many users apparently did not like this new feature, and there is no way to opt-out of the Explore feature as of now. If you are one of the disgruntled users, who do not want to have this thrown on your face, you can get rid of Explore in Google Reader by using a script for .

This works on too, however you need to add a new start switch to Chrome. You can find the instructions on how to install Greasemonkey scripts in Chrome. You will need to edit the script, once you have saved it in the User scripts folder for Chrome.

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Just change the .tld to whichever Top level domain you use to access Google Reader in Chrome, in my example I changed .tld to .com. You might have to do the same in Firefox too. Thanks Shiva

Download Google Reader Remove Explore

Google Reader Send To Su.pr Button

In the past we have covered several custom Google Send To buttons for , however one of our readers recently asked us that he wanted to create a custom Google Reader Send to button to send a article to Su.pr the URL shortening service from StumbleUpon.

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The benefits of sending a link to su.pr is that you get custom analytics and more. You can find out all about it in our Su.pr review.

Here is a tutorial on how you can add a custom Google Reader send to button for su.pr, if you are new to adding custom buttons read our earlier tutorial on adding custom send to buttons to Google Reader.

Creating Link To Submit To Su.pr API

We will be using the API provided by su.pr, the first thing is to get the URL that will allow you to use the su.pr API to submit content to it, you will find the basic URL below.

http://su.pr/api/post?msg=Hello World! http://www.youurl.com&services;[]=twitter&services;[]=facebook&login=yourusername&apiKey=yourapikey

Now taking this as the base URL, we replace the required things and create the URL we will use in Google Reader.

http://su.pr/api/post?msg=${title} ${url}&services;[]=twitter&services;[]=facebook&login=yourusername&apiKey=yourapikey

The text that we have marked in bold green is the services su.pr will post the URL too, if you do not want to post to or please remove this from the URL.

The text marked in red should be replaced with your own su.pr username and API key which you will find under the settings in your su.pr account (direct link).

Creating Custom Google Reader Send To Button for Su.pr

Once you have created the URL we require for submitting a link to su.pr using a custom button, head to the settings page in Google Reader and go to the Send To and create a custom link (follow this tutorial if you don’t know how to).

Here are the parameters you will require;

Name: Su.pr
URL: The One we created above
Icon URL: http://cdn.stumble-upon.com/favicon.ico

Once you have added the params click on save button.

Submitting Content To Su.pr From Google Reader

Sending link to Su.pr is the same, use the send to menu to send links to su.pr.

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However the response you may see might be weird, but don’t worry if you created the right URL the content will be submitted to su.pr, you can confirm that by visiting your su.pr account.

Hope this helps all you su.pr lovers who want better stats and use Google Reader to share content using the Send To button.

Google Reader Offers Power Readers Subscriptions To Users

has started to offer hand picked feeds from featured power readers like Huffington, Boing Boing, Life Hacker, Consumerist and more.

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Once you have logged into Google Reader you will seen an option to check out handpicked lists from featured Power Readers, clicking on this link will open another page where you will a list of feeds that have been selected by popular personalities.

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Users can select to individual feeds or all the feeds from a particular power reader, currently the power readers are categorized under News, Tech and web, Good and heath and Trends and fashion.

I did find quite a few interesting feeds to subscribe to from the power reader list, if you want to do it too, head to Google Reader or directly go to the Power Readers list.

You can find more info about the great stuff you can find in Google Reader on the Official Google Blog or the Google Reader blog.

Ultimate List Of Google Reader Send To Buttons

We recently covered how added some really cool options for sharing content and marking feeds as read, it definitely adds quite a few powerful options for sharing content easily.

However one thing I like about Google is that, it does not limit users to using things they provide users with.

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Take for example when they started off with they also added an option to add custom gadgets, which in turn allowed users to add several useful gadgets along with social networking gadgets to , similarly Google Calendar too provided support for adding custom gadgets to Calendar.

Google Reader too provides users with the ability to add custom send to buttons, in this roundup we will list all the custom sent to links, however don’t limit yourself to just these, they sky is the limit here. If you do not know how to add custom send to buttons to Google Reader, read our tutorial on adding custom send to buttons to Google Reader.

Saving A Post as PDF

Name: Save as PDF
URL: http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL=${url}
Icon URL: http://www.adobe.com/lib/com.adobe/template/icon/pdf.gif

Send to WordPress

Note: Please replace http://www.YOURDOMAINHERE.com/ with your actual domain name.

Name: Sent to WordPress 
URL: http://www.YOURDOMAINHERE.com/wp-admin/press-this.php?u=${url}&t=${title}&s=${source}&v=2
Icon URL: http://s.wordpress.org/favicon.ico?3


Share This Button

Name: Share This
URL: http://addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&url=${url}&title=${title}
Icon URL: http://shareicons.com/favicon.ico


Backtweets Twitter Conversation

Name: Backtweets
URL: http://backtweets.com/search?q=${url}
Icon URL: http://backtweets.com/favicon.ico


Auto Translate Blog Posts

Name: Auto translate
URL: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=${url}
Icon URL: http://translate.google.com/favicon.ico


Save to Google Bookmarks

Name: Google Bookmarks
URL: http://www.google.com/bookmarks/mark?op=edit&output=popup&bkmk=${url}&title=${title}
Icon URL: http://www.google.com/favicon.ico


Add to Any

Name: Add to Any
URL: http://www.addtoany.com/share_save?linkurl=${url}&linkname=${title}
Icon URL: http://www.addtoany.com/favicon.ico


Save to Evernote

Name: Evernote
URL: http://www.evernote.com/clip.action?url=${url}&title=${title}
Icon: http://www.evernote.com/about/img/favicon.ico

Do you have any other custom send to buttons you are using? Feel free to share it with us and our readers through your comments.

Thanks to Digital Inspiration, Matt Cutts, Google Operating System and Download Squad for providing us with the send to buttons.

How to Add Custom Send To Links to Google Reader?

recently added new features that allowed users to easily share content with others using a send to links, however the feature does not limit users and also allows them to add custom send to links.

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Here is a short tutorial on how you can add custom send to links to Google Reader.

Step 1: Go to Google Reader Settings page and click on the Send to tab.

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Step 2: At the bottom of the page click on Create a custom link button, you will see text boxes where you can enter the details.

Step 3: In the Name field enter the name you want the send to option to be displayed as. In the URL textbox add the URL of the site you want to send the content to and in the Icon URL add the URL of the icon that you want to associate with the send to option.

Several social networking sites require you to provide with title and URL while submitting content, to add them to the send to link you can make use of substitutions provided by Google Reader.

For example if the link to download a webpage as a is http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL=http://techie-buzz.com

You can use a substitution called {$url} like it is shown in the example below.

http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL=${url}

You can also use ${source} for the source of the article, ${title} for the title of the article and ${short-url} which is a shortened URL that will redirect to the webpage.

Step 4: Once you have added the details click on the save button and the send to option should be available when you go back to Google Reader.

Definitely useful and worth using, we will come up with a of Send to options that you can use to add to your account.

Google Reader Adds Social Sharing Options, Better Mark as Read and More

Looks like my favorite feed reader did some voodoo magic and read my mind, they have finally added an option to share content on other social networking sites, including and a host of other sites.

Agreed there are several that already allowed users to do that, however I primarily use and it had become a real pain to share interesting content with others.

In addition to the sharing function they have also added several other interesting features, here is a rundown of the new features added to Google Reader.

Send To/Share

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This is a feature that will allow you to send the current item to another share, in short you can share content with your friends on other social networking sites.

Currently you can share content on Twitter, , MySpace, Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious and Blogger.

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The best part about this feature is that it is not limited to the one’s that are provided by Google Reader and you can easily specify your own social networking site by filling in certain options, easy huh, this is what I like to have no restrictions :-)

More control for mark all as read

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Now this is good and another functionality I have been waiting for so long. It happens so that at times I tend to not read feeds for few days or weeks, now when I come back to reader there is a huge overload of unread items, and I simply tend to mark all feeds as read.

This new feature will allow me to specify the date range of the items that need to be marked as read, really superb, since I can mark items that are more than a day older as unread, while still having access to all the latest news.

Feeds from people you follow

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This feature allows users to discover feeds and add them to your own account based on the people you follow, you will be shown suggestion on what your friends are reading and will be allowed to subscribe to those feeds.

I was seriously thinking of moving to a desktop reader once again because of the social sharing and control over marking items as read feature, but Google Reader brought me back, this is really great and I love Google Reader for this.

What are your opinions about these changes, do let me know.

A flurry of features for feed readers [Official Google Reader Blog]

How To Display Comments In Google Reader

Google Reader is one of the best RSS readers out there, no doubt. The only feature I always wish they had is the ability to include comments along with the content. For example, I will be reading a post from Techcrunch in my Google Reader but I won’t be able to see the comments to that post. For that, I would have to go to the actual website which makes the whole effort a little time-consuming.

The good news is, somebody saw the need and developed an excellent solution to this. gReactions is a Firefox Addon that adds user comments to the post in your Google Reader. Not only that, it also crawls sources like Twitter, Digg, FriendFeed and Reddit, and includes user comments from these sources as well.

Once you install the gReactions Firefox Addon from here, your Google Reader item would show an extra option at the end of every item that would say Show Comments.   Clicking on that would display comments that have been posted in reply to the actual article.

You can filter to see the actual comments to the post or only see the messages on Twitter about that post.

I still don’t think this is a perfect solution since gReactions has a time lag to show all the comments, however, I still think it is an excellent tool to see user reactions to a comment right within your Google Reader.

Google Reader Officially Supports NewsGator, NewsGator Dumps Online Version

today announced their official integration with NewsGator the popular online and offline RSS client, this would now mean that users of RSS clients like FeedDemon and NetNewsWire will now have the ability to sync feeds directly with Google Reader.

In another interesting news, NewsGator has decided to discontinue the use of NewsGator Online, their free web based RSS reader, at the end of August.

However NewsGator Online users will be able to migrate their subscriptions to Google Reader.

Definitely makes a lot of sense since Google Reader has been adding a lot of new and exciting features making it one of the best online RSS feed reader.

Another good news is for users who are looking to read Google Reader from their desktop, this in the addition to the already available Google Reader Desktop clients and Google Reader Desktop Gadget.

What are your thoughts about this news? Do let us know.

A hearty welcome to NewsGator users [Official Google Reader Blog]

NewsGator Consumer RSS Reader Product Changes & Google Sync [Official NewsGator Blog]

Google Feed Subscription Now Shows Feed Previews Before Subscribing To A Feed

Google feed subscription page just got a new redesign, if a user navigates to the feed subscription page in Google, they will see can see a preview of the feed before they actually subscribe to it.

Though this change is not a major one, it will still allow users to view the content before they subscribe to it using either iGoogle or .

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To view the new redesign follow this link and hey don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS feeds to get regular updates, we also offer free email subscription to our content.

Google Reader Gets A Social Makeover

always had a social side to begin with, in the form of allowing users to share content and email them to others, they also already had features to share items with friends and view friends shared items.

However they have now taken the social side to a new level with the introduction of the ability to follow other people who are using Google Reader.

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However there arises a problem where users may not want to share their content with others, to address this issues, Google Reader has something called as private profiles.

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Private profiles will allow users to control who they share their content with.

Users can also add their shared items to their Google Profile page, which users can customize to use a vanity URL.

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If you have been using social networking for sometime now, you might be aware of the ability to like or favorite updates from your friend. Google Reader too has added a new feature to allow other users to mark content shared by you as favorites.

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Another feature that Google Reader has borrowed from social networking is the ability to allow your friends and followers to comment on content you share.

On the whole the changes definitely makes Google Reader more social than aware, the features are pretty similar to other social networking sites, so there is not much learning element there, however it would definitely make feed reading something different and unique.

What are your thoughts about these changes? Do let us know through your comments.

Following, liking and people searching [Official Google Reader Blog]