Adding Readability to Google Reader’s Send To Menu

Sent to Menu

I usually spend most of my time on the internet going through my RSS feeds on Google Reader. Reader has a great feature called Send to at the bottom of each post which allows you to send the current article to a list of predefined sites or you can define custom sites to send the article to.

Send to Predefined sites

The included list of predefined sites offers plenty of options, but it is missing entries for I’ve used Twitter, Tumblr and Posterous before, but lately I find myself only using Readability since I’m able to send the article to my Kindle.

In order to add the entries just click on “create custom link” and fill in the box with the following and click Save when done. I created two links, one for Read Later and the other for Read Now. You can add both or just the Read Later.

Read Now

Name: Readability (READ NOW)
Icon URL:

Read Later

Name: Readability (READ LATER)
Icon URL:

Here is what it should look like.

Create Custom Link

The READ NOW and READ LATER entries will open a new window/tab which will require an extra step to either activate the reader mode or save it for later.

First, lets take a look at READ NOW. Once the new window/tab opens you will see the original article with a toolbar at the top with the option to switch to “Readability View”. I contacted the Readability Team about this behavior and was told the following (which seem fair):

The reason we show the page first and have you click through to the Readability view is that we don’t want to deprive the publisher of any page views. We’re not looking to infringe on anyone’s copyrights or step on any toes, so we figure that showing you the page as is first is the best way to go. We are sorry if this is an inconvenience.

If you have any more questions or comments, just let us know.


The Readability Team

I would like to thank “The Readability Team” for their quick response to my question.

Page displayed by selecting READ NOW

Next, lets take a look at READ LATER. Selecting this entry will open a new window/tab and will ask you to confirm adding the article. Once you confirm by selecting “Yes, save to my Reading List” it will redirect to the original article.

READ LATER Confirmation page


Time Warp Feb 2006

Cover from Feb 2006

While cleaning out some boxes in the closet I came across and issue of CPU (Computer Power User) from February 2006. I really don’t think about it much, but 5+ year in the tech world is a very long time. I’m going to highlight a few things from the magazine which I found most interesting.

It was interesting to see that Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda and Chris Pirillo under the experts page. Haven’t seen much of CmdrTaco after he left Slashdot and haven’t followed Chris Pirillo in a while.

The editorial by Chris Trumble talks about AMD and Intel going beyond dual-core, the upcoming release of a new version of Windows (Windows Vista which was release in November) and the newly release XBOX 360 (has it really been that long since it was released?). Page nine talks about Google Analytics being released and Google not accepting new accounts at the time the magazine went to press.

Digital Economy Page 12

On page 12 it speculates that by 2010 nearly 63 million people would have tried podcasting, Edison Research published in 2010 “The Current State Of Podcasting” with numbers around 70 million people (that’s a pretty close estimation if you ask me).

Top 10 Bluetooth Gadgets. Page 58

Top 10 Bluetooth Gadgets (page 58) puts the HP iPAQ hw6515 as the number one gadget which ran for $500 with a service contract and had a 1.3MP Camera.

Upgrades (page 73), I used to look forward to this section every month and it looks like in February 2006 there were a few must have upgrades to apply:

  1. Firefox 1.5
  2. Google Talk Beta
  3. (Unofficial) Win98 SE Service Pack 2.1a
  4. ATI Catalyst 5.11 (I used to hate dealing with ATI drivers)
Chris Pirillo Editorial Picture

Unleash your Inner Torrent by Chris Pirillo (page 79) mentions uTorrent as a new product which “is poised to become the leading Windows-based BitTorrent client”. It also mentions Azureus (now Vuze) as “the client that most BitTorrent neophytes go for”.

I find it amazing how much technology changes in a very short time. This is one of the reasons I decided to make my career in this field. There is always something new and if you don’t keep up, you’ll be left behind. I’ve come across many individuals who are very sharp, but are unable to compete for new positions/jobs because they lack the ambition to keep up with current tech. One of my best tools to keep current is Google Reader where my average list of sites I follow fluctuates between 150 and 200.

Google Reader Stats