Is it currently possible to send to Google Plus from Google Reader?

Either a Chrome extension or a custom Send To link would work.

Update: This question is now obsolete. With the changes to Reader, Google+ sharing is now integrated.

  • Send as in things you like/share showing up in Google+? – Eight Days of Malaise Jul 9 '11 at 17:06
  • @EightDaysofMalaise: kinda. Have you used the Send To functionality of Reader? It sends the title and the link (already shortened) so I can edit and post. In G+, I'd be able to choose circles, etc. – Diego Mijelshon Jul 9 '11 at 18:22
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    It is ridiculous that this isn't doable by default! – Nathan Fellman Aug 23 '11 at 14:24
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    I suggest removing the "Update: Now obsolete..." because the current integration (as of 11/7/2011) only allows you to +1 a post which shows it in your Profile->+1 tab. I don't know if that is very useful if it doesn't put it in your feed or let you comment, or set the sharing (with your circles) options. – Mufasa Nov 7 '11 at 14:57
  • @Mufasa, the Share... button on the top bar is working for me... – Diego Mijelshon Nov 7 '11 at 18:41

As far as I know it is not possible to share articles in Google Reader to Google Plus.

Google Reader expects a custom Send To link in the format of a URL where as Google Plus functionality requires Javascript to post/share items.


The only alternative I can suggest is this Chrome Extension which adds the Google+1 button to your toolbar. This enables you to +1 the current site that you are visiting. Although it doesn't directly enable you to share Google Reader posts - you can open the link directly in your browser and then click the +1 button.

You should remember that this adds the current site to your +1 tab it does NOT post this to your stream.

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  • That's fine. Any extensions or -at worst- bookmarklets then? – Diego Mijelshon Jul 9 '11 at 18:23
  • @DiegoMijelshon: Not that I am aware of no. I would think many more tools will be available once the API has been opened up to Developers. – codingbadger Jul 9 '11 at 20:56
  • the +1 solution won't do because I'm specifically interested in posting to the stream. – Diego Mijelshon Jul 9 '11 at 23:49
  • you'll have to wait till Google opens G+ API @DiegoMijelshon – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 10 '11 at 17:27
  • @Sathya: ...or provides their own Send To G+ :-) Thanks. – Diego Mijelshon Jul 11 '11 at 2:11

I found the perfect Chrome Extension - adds "Share on Google Plus" in Reader. Here's the link.


Works a charm for me.

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You can drag the link from the item in Google Reader to the share button On the Google bar. It will start a new message for you with the link inserted. You can then add more to the message and select circles before sending.

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  • Interesting. But drag-n-drop is so not my thing... – Diego Mijelshon Jul 13 '11 at 1:04
  • Cutting and pasting the link also works. Hopefully there will be better integration between Reader and G+ in the future, but right now I believe we're stuck with the status bar. – Covar Jul 13 '11 at 2:50
  • I know cut and paste works, but that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid :-) – Diego Mijelshon Jul 13 '11 at 2:59

While we're waiting for a native way to do this, someone found the URLs to use to make a customized "Send to" solution.

Source: ReadWriteWeb

  1. Go to Google Reader, click the gear icon, and choose 'Reader settings'
  2. Click the 'Send To' tab
  3. Scroll down all the way and click 'Create a custom link'
  4. Enter the following into the fields that appear:
    • Name: Google+
    • URL: https://plusone.google.com/_/+1/confirm?hl=en&url=${url}
    • Icon URL: https://ssl.gstatic.com/s2/oz/images/favicon.ico
  5. Click 'Save,' and Google+ will appear checked, with the nice icon next to it:

After this, when you're reading any article in Google Reader you'll see Google+ in the 'Send to' drop-down menu at the bottom. (You will probably have to refresh the browser page after you do this.)

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With the recent changes to Google Reader, this is now possible. You can either click the +1 button at the bottom of an item and optionally add a comment, or you can click in the Share... field at the top right corner of the window. The Share... field lets you share without adding the item to your +1 list.

+1 on Google Reader

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  • Indeed. This question is now obsolete. – Diego Mijelshon Nov 1 '11 at 10:20
  • The "Share" option has been removed from Google Reader. Now you can only use the +1 button in Reader, which does not (as of 11/7/2011) post it in your feed or let you comment or share it. It only puts it in your Profile->+1 tab list. And who looks at that regularly? – Mufasa Nov 7 '11 at 14:59
  • Are you sure your account has been switched to the new look, @Mufasa? If so, carefully read the Google help page I linked to. There are two steps: first, click +1 and second, add a note. You can skip the +1 step if you use the Share... option. That is now in the top right corner of the window. – Don Kirkby Nov 7 '11 at 18:32
  • @DonKirkby: Oh, I did not realize you have to add a comment in that box for it to turn it into a full Post. Not the best interface since it does two different things based on the existence or absence of a comment without any description that it does that, but it will work. Thanks! – Mufasa Nov 7 '11 at 22:14

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