How to Enable Send To Google+ from Google Reader
Recently I posted an article about a great extension for Google Chrome to share to Google+ from Google Reader. Of course the downside here is not everyone uses Chrome. I’ve figured out a way to work around that and let people share from any browser using the Chrome send to feature and a hack of the Google+ Mobile interface. It is easy to implement with just a minute or two of your time. Here is how to do it:
Log into Google Reader.
Click the gear icon in upper right corner
Click the send to tab
Click Create Custom Link
Fill in the fields like this:
Icon URL: http://ssl.gstatic.com/s2/oz/images/favicon.ico
Now when you are reading an article in Google Reader and wish to send it to Google+, click the Send To link at the bottom of your article. A drop down will open showing Google+. Clicking that will open up a new tab showing the title and url of your article. You can edit the text and change who you are sharing with. By default, the sharing is public. Then click post.
Is it perfect? Well, like my share from anywhere bookmarklet, the good part is that it should work just fine whether you use Chrome, Firefox or even IE. Probably others too but I haven’t tested it. The caveat is that it uses the mobile version of Google+ which if you want to post publicly is easy but takes an extra step if you want to just post to some of your Circles. The mobile interface doesn’t post links as pretty as the native method but at least this saves you some time.
Edit 11OCT11: A site called HowToNew figured out a method to do this an instead use the native Google+ +1 interface.
If you use the following in your URL field, clicking on the link will +1 the article and give you the chance to share it with your circles. This is similar to +1 on a page on the web. It does open another window or tab.
So, now you have 2 choices!