October 13th, 2010

Google Reader’s Send-To Feature: The Underdog of GReader Tricks

While there are a number of blog posts on increasing RSS feed reading productivity with Google Reader, few fail to mention one of Google Reader’s most awesome and unique features-Send-To links. (Although, WorkAwesome did give it a brief mention.)

Send-To links is a feature that, well, let’s you send links to other services making it easy and quick to share the post you’re reading on Twitter, save it to Instapaper, bookmark it to Delicious, etc.

Google Reader offers a number of default options including:

  • Blogger
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • FriendFeed
  • Instapaper
  • Myspace
  • Okurt
  • Ping.fm
  • Posterous
  • Reddit
  • Stumbleupon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter

That’s Great, But I Don’t See My Favorite Place to Send Things Listed

Not to worry. You can still take full advantage of Google’s Send-To feature by adding your favorite site manually.
The substitutions look like this:

${source}The source of the item

${title}The title of the item

${url}The URL of the item

${short-url}A shortened URL that redirects to the item

How to Create a Custom Send-To Link
  1. Log into Google Reader.
  2. In the upper left hand corner, click on “Settings-Reader Settings.”
  3. Click on the “Send To” tab.
  4. Scroll all the way down and click on “Create Custom Link.”
  5. Fill in:
    1. The Name
    2. The URL
    3. The Icon URL
  6. Click Save
That’s it!

List of Custom Google Reader Send-To Links

In alphabetical order,
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
  • Name: BatchBook
  • URL:[YOUR_ACCOUNT.batchbook.com]]=${source}:%20${title}&communication[body]=${url}
  • Icon URL: [batchblue.com]
  • Name: bit.ly
  • URL: http://bit.ly/?v=3&u=${url}&s=${title}
  • Icon URL: http://bit.ly/static/images/favicon.png
  • Name: Diigo
  • URL: http://www.diigo.com/post?url=${url}?title=${title}‘
  • Icon URL: http://www.iconarchive.com/show/web-2-icons-by-fasticon/Diigo-icon.html
  • Name: Email
  • URL: mailto:?subject=${title}&body=%0A<${url}>
  • Name: Evernote
  • URL: http://s.evernote.com/grclip?url=${url}&title=${title}
  • Icon URL: http://www.evernote.com/favicon.ico
Full Gmail:
  • Name: Full Gmail
  • URL: http://mail.google.com/mail/?fs=1&tf=1&view=cm&su=${title}&body=${url}%0A%0AShort link%3A${short-url}
  • Icon URL: http://mail.google.com/favicon.ico
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
Google Calendar:
  • Name: Google Calendar
  • URL: http://www.google.com/calendar/event?action=TEMPLATE&text=${title}&details=${url}
  • Icon URL:http://calendar.google.com/googlecalendar/images/favicon.ico
Google Translate:
  • Name: Google Translate
  • URL: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=${url}
  • Icon URL: http://translate.google.com/favicon.ico
  • Name: historious
  • URL: http://historio.us/submit/?url=${url}
  • Icon URL: http://historio.us/favicon.png
  • Name: HootSuite
  • URL: http://hootsuite.com/twitter/bookmark-tool-v2?address=${url}&title=${title}
  • Icon URL: http://static.hootsuite.com/5-49/images/favicon.ico
  • Name: Identica
  • 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
  • Name: Licorize
  • URL: http://licorize.com/applications/licorize/manage/submit.jsp?url=${url}
  • Icon URL: http://licorize.com/applications/licorize/images/lic_20×22b.png
Printer Friendly:
  • Name: Printer Friendly
  • URL: http://www.printfriendly.com/print?url=${url}
  • Icon URL: http://cdn.printfriendly.com/pf-icon.gif
  • Name: Read It Later
  • URL: https://readitlaterlist.com/save?url=${url}&title=${title}
  • Icon URL: http://readitlaterlist.com/favicon.ico
Remember the Milk:
  • Name: RTM
  • URL: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/ext/addtask.rtm?t=${title}-${url}
  • Icon: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/img/gears/desktop_128×128.png
Save as PDF:
  • URL:http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL=${url}
  • Icon URL: http://www.adobe.com/lib/com.adobe/template/icon/pdf.gif
  • What it does: Sends the article to PDF Online, which preps it as a PDF for saving or printing. (via Digital Inspiration)
Tumblr and Track with Bit.ly Link:
  • Name: Tumblr2
  • URL: http://tumblr.com/share?v=2&u=${short-url}&t=${title}&s=${title}%0Avia%20${source}
  • Icon URL: http://assets.tumblr.com/images/favicon.gif?2
  • Name: WordPress
  • URL: http://www.<yourWordpressDomainName>.com/wp-admin/press-this.php?u=${url}&t=${title}&s=${source}&v=2
  • Icon URL: http://s.wordpress.org/favicon.ico?3
ZAP Reader:
  • Name: ZAP Reader
  • URL: http://www.zapreader.com/reader?URL=${url}
  • Icon URL: http://zapreader.com/favicon.ico
Want To Save Even More Time By Using Google Reader Send-To Links?
Use keyboard shortcut “Shift + T” and then use the up and down arrows to scroll. Pick enter.
Thank You
Thank you to Licorize for creating a Google Reader send-to link within a few hours of my asking!
Did we miss your favorite? Have any other Custom Send-To links we should have mentioned? Let us know in the comments!

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