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.


Blogger Jay R. Wren said...


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.


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.



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.


11:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown 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 Unknown 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 Paul said...

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

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG this is the coolest thing ever.. thanks!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


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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