Note in Reader without a "Note in Reader" button?
March 4, 2012 10:36 AM Subscribe
Has anyone come up with a good replacement for Google Reader's (now-defunct) "Note in Reader" feature? "Sharing to G+" is NOT THE SAME, and emailing articles is annoying compared to the ease of pressing one tiny little button.
posted by ella wren to technology (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend and I used to use Google Reader's "Note in Reader" feature all the time to share things with each other online - it was great because once we were subscribed to each other's feeds, we just had to click a button and anything we 'noted' would automatically be added to the other person's feed.
Google nixed that feature to get people to use G+ for sharing instead, and we have dutifully joined Google+, followed each other, and each set up a circle that consists of just the other person. But now to share an item from Google Reader, I have to:
- Click the little G+ share button
- Get rid of the "Public" share default and replace it with the special one-person circle.
- Tell him I've shared something and that he has to go to Google+ to see it.
- Ask him a week later if he's read the article, find out he forgot to check G+, and then just email him a link instead.
Same procedure if he wants to share with me. And emailing isn't great either, because "checking email" mode is not the same as "reading articles" mode - when he sends me something via email, I usually think "oh, I should read that later," but I don't always remember. It was SO MUCH simpler when he could just add something to my feed so that I could read it when I was already in "reading articles" mode.
I finally had the bright idea this morning that we could each subscribe to an RSS feed of the other persons' G+ posts, but some quick research suggests that Google is actively trying to prevent people from doing this (all the posts I could find linking to solutions led to 404 pages).
I love Google Reader, but I really miss this functionality. Does anyone use an alternate RSS service that would bring it back? Or, is there a third party site that would allow us to both add items with one click AND subscribe to an RSS feed of articles? (Techy solutions are okay too, and if I can't find something existing I'll just make my own.)