Google Reader is one of the most powerful ways to consume content published via RSS feeds. Reader allows you to post a folder of your RSS feeds in a handy widget. Here’s how to embed a widget of your starred articles. You can follow the same process for embedding any folder in your Reader account.
Here’s a messy view of my Google Reader page:
– Embedding a list of your starred articles only works if you have “Starred” an article in your Google Reader (duh) – you can see the starred article in Engadget about the iPhone 4’s case.
– Click on “Settings” on the top right corner of your Google Reader page
– Click on “Reader Settings”
– Click on “Folders and Tags”
– Click on “add a clip to your site”
– The window below will pop up. You can customize the color of your Google Reader widget as well as the title, # of items displayed and notes you add in your reader account (didn’t know you could add notes to your articles in Google Reader did you?!
– Highlight the code by clicking inside the code and hitting CTRL + A (or Command + A on a Mac). Copy the text by hitting CTRL + C (or Command + C on a Mac).
– I prefer to put the widget in the sidebar of my WordPress Blog. If you use WordPress you should go to your Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Text Widget
– Here’s the text widget with the code pasted in (Use CTRL + V to paste the code you copied earlier using CTRL + C).
– Here’s the final widget in my sidebar with the “iPhone 4’s out case…” article that I starred. Remember that you can do the same thing with any folder you set up in your Google Reader account.
– Let me know if that helped or if you have any other questions about embedding a Google Reader widget in your (WordPress) sidebar.
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