10 Cool Google Reader ‘Send To’ Buttons You Can Use to Post Feed Content to Friends

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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:

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

Save 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 Ping.fm

Name Send to Ping.fm
URL http://ping.fm/ref/?link=${url}&title=${title}
Icon URL http://ping.fm/_images/icons/ping.png

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

Send to Evernote

Name Send to Evernote
URL http://www.evernote.com/grclip?url=${url}&title=${title}
Icon URL http://s.wordpress.org/favicon.ico?3


Name Identi.ca
URL http://identi.ca/?action=newnotice&status_textarea=%E2%80%9C${title}%E2%80%9d%3a%20${short-url}
Icon URL http://identi.ca/favicon.ico

View full text of partial feeds

Name Full Text Feed
URL http://fivefilters.org/content-only/makefulltextfeed.php?url=${url}
Icon URL http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1121/1430385323_4d4351d815.jpg

Translate an Article

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

Archive with Iterasi

Name Iterasi
URL https://www.iterasi.net/Capture.aspx?q=n&v=1.0&u=${url}
Icon URL https://www.iterasi.net/favicon.ico

Speed Read with Zap Reader

Name Zap Reader
URL http://www.zapreader.com/reader?URL=${url}
Icon URL http://zapreader.com/favicon.ico

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!

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