Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Treader: Twitter directly from Google Reader

I love my Google Reader shared items, but when I want to add a little commentary, I post a link to Twitter. I created a Greasemonkey script named Treader to streamline the process.

In Google Reader, I select the entry I want to twitter and then hit Shift+T. Treader pops up a prompt pre-filled with the entry name and link.

I just edit the twitter to my liking, and hit OK. Treader posts it in the background using Twitter's API. I never have to leave Google Reader.

To try it for yourself:

  1. Install Greasemonkey if you haven't already. Greasemonkey requires Firefox.
  2. Install Treader.
  3. Reload Google Reader, select an entry you want to share, and then hit Shift+T. It will ask you to log into Twitter the first time through.

Thanks to Mihai for helping me work out the kinks.

18 Comments:

Blogger sillyevar said...

JFYI:

Greasemonkey scripts work in Opera out of the box!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Cool! I had no idea.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Eugene Kuleshov said...

Bob, can you make similar script for posting to delicious? :-)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Eu, done. Reinstall and hit Shift+D.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Shanti Braford said...

This rocks!!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Daniel D. Shaw said...

Thanks Bob. Just installed this. It will be a nice addition to my Twitter/Reader arsenal.

http://twitter.com/dshaw/statuses/633449642

11:48 AM  
Blogger Steven said...

Does this work with Firefox 3b4?

8:24 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Not yet--it requires Greasemonkey which doesn't work with b4 yet.

8:32 AM  
Blogger AriĆ© Moyal said...

Hey Bob any thoughts on hope I can make treader work with Chrome? it's supposed to have greasemonkey support now.

Thanks

@amoyal

2:51 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I'm not sure. I only use OS X, so I can't run Chrome. :-(

3:29 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Thanks Bob. This works great. Would love to see it work in Chrome too. But, enjoying it anyways.

Fred

11:37 PM  
Blogger Sai Gudigundla said...

Thanks a lot Bob. I used to use Google Reader + Twitter Greasemonkey script before. It recently stopped working for me.

This works gr8...

4:26 PM  
Blogger vin said...

Any chance we could get this as an icon beneath each gReader entry. Im referring to the icons such as: Add Star, Share, Email, Keep Unread, etc.

The keyboard shortcut is nice, but a lot of us prefer visual icons.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Bob, thank you so much for this! I installed it and it works to bring up the link, but it never asked me for Twitter info so it doesn't end up posting. Any troubleshooting ideas? I would really appreciate some help.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Make sure you have the latest versions of Firefox and Greasemonkey.

5:42 PM  
Blogger guzmans said...

Is there an alternative...I do not use Firefox nor do I want to install it.

5:28 AM  
OpenID mymarkdesigns said...

OMG this is the coolest thing ever.. thanks!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Bob,

Treader worked wonderfully when I first installed it, but in the last days, when I am in Google Reader, it still goes through all the motions, but nothing ends up on my Twitter page. It is like I am posting to the void...which really isn't that different than Twitter. Just curious if you have any thoughts as as to why this is happening.

3:52 AM  

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