Friday, April 16, 2010
Pro tip: Send to Buzz and QR from Reader
But I tend to share a lot on Reader, and by having it all go straight to Buzz feels a bit like I'm spamming my followers' Buzz streams with shared items. Plus, if my Buzz followers use Reader themselves, then they are already receiving my shared items within Reader. So I turned turned off Reader-to-Buzz posting and it feels a lot cleaner, less spammy, and more controlled.
But every so often, I come across a link that I really want to share with my Buzz followers. Up until now, the only easy way was to copy and paste the link to post it manually. Google Reader has a nice Send To option, but Buzz isn't a choice in there, either because the Reader team hasn't incorporated it yet, or because they expect you to use the auto-posting setting.
However, with a bit of simple hackery, you can make it work. Here's how:
From Google Reader, click Settings at the top right, then Reader Settings. Click the Send To tab. At the very bottom, click Add a custom link. Enter the following into the boxes:
Icon URL: http://goo.gl/0uDj
And there you have it! Your Send To drop down will now have the ability to send a link straight to Buzz to share with your followers. Obviously, these instructions are irrelevant to those who use auto Reader-to-Buzz posting, but it's useful for people like me who have disabled the auto-posting.
Additionally, if you want to be able to use the Send To feature to create a QR code, click Add a custom link again, and enter the following:
Name: QR Code
Icon URL: http://goo.gl/MJZc