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Google Reader Pet Peeve

Jul - 24 - 2012
Nicole C. Engard

So, in getting started again with reading blogs and writing here I decided to go through my Google Reader account and clean things up. I’m actually very surprised that three years after my last Google Reader rant the same problems still exist.

Hopefully I’m wrong and one of you can help me. I want to be able to share a list of blogs that I subscribe to. I find lists like this very useful in finding blogs that I might not know about and I want to share with you all, but I do not see any way I can do this in Google Reader. It seems that you can share individual posts, but not a list of your subscriptions.

Being an Android phone and Android tablet user I want to use Google Reader, but I need some tips on making it do some of the things I want it to do.

Any tips??

7 Responses so far.

  1. Ally says:

    I’m still ticked off that they did away with the shared items feed when Google+ started – yet there’s no real alternative to it now – all the alternatives are really just alternatives to how you read your google reader feeds :( and that’s true regardless of platform – even on my ipad I have to go into google reader itself to add or delete feeds, even if I’m using something else to actually read them)

    Anyway – I know you can export your feeds, so maybe you could make a list that way? I haven’t tried that so I don’t know…

  2. Magnus says:

    You can export your subscriptions as OPML and then do fun things with that:

    1. To export subscriptions as OPML, go to Settings > Reader Settings > Import/Export > Export your information. Click on “download” in the “OPML” column. Save the file.

    2. Google for things like “convert opml to html”. Here is one example:
    http://geekyweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/parseOPML.html

    Have fun! ;-)

  3. Nicole says:

    Magnus,

    I know I’m being picky – but I’d love for it to just be a dynamic page. The web is all about sharing these days and they have made it so that you can’t share individual articles and you can’t share what you’re subscribed to.

    I’ll check out that OPML to HTML tool once I get my subscriptions all sorted out.

  4. Taliawa says:

    Bundles? Pick a folder – then choose the Folder Settings drop down and Create a Bundle. You can move feeds in or out of your bundle from there and then share it. Not sure if this is what you are trying to do.

  5. Brett says:

    You can create bundles in Browse for stuff > Browse > Create a Bundle

    To give an example of what that looks like, here’s my ‘Library Bundle’ which shares all the library blogs I subscribe to.

    http://www.google.com/reader/bundle/user%2F01139605564737264142%2Fbundle%2FThe%20Library%20Bundle

  6. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the bundle tips – I’ll check those out.

  7. Stephen says:

    I just export all my blogs and tell folks to import.


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