How to Post Comments Within Google Reader

February 1, 2008 – 11:37 am

We all love RSS reader. It helps us to stay up to date with the latest news from many websites in one single application. For me, the award for the best RSS reader nowadays goes to Google Reader. It has a simple, clean, intuitive interface plus powerful keyboard shortcuts.

My only problem with Google Reader is that you still have to open the originating page to leave some comments on a particular post. After some time looking for a way to bypass this, I can now post comments within Google Reader itself using a Firefox add-on created by Gina Trapani from Lifehacker.



How to Post Comments In Google Reader

A simple question deserved a simple answer. Use the Better GReader Firefox extension!

1- First, you need to make sure that Mozilla Firefox is already opened.

2- Install Better GReader Firefox extension from here. Follow the installation instructions on the page.

3- Restart Firefox browser to activate Better GReader.

4- Access Google Reader with your Google account.

5- From the default “List View“, expand a post to view a sample post. You will see a “Preview” button at the bottom of the post.


6- Click the “Preview” button to open the original post within Google Reader. Now you can leave comments without leaving the reader!

7- (optional) If you want to “Preview” a post automatically within Google Reader without the hassle to click a button, check out the Better Greader settings page – Tools -> Add-ons -> Better GReader -> Options. On the General tab, make sure you tick the “Preview item (automatically)” check box.



Besides the ability to post comments within Google Reader, this script does three more things. You can change the GReader’s interface with 5 cool skins, bypass iGoogle subscription options and subscribe to any feeds in two clicks with the Smart Subscribe script. Make sure you don’t miss to try these too!

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  1. 19 Responses to “How to Post Comments Within Google Reader”

  2. Awesome! I knew about this plugin, but the headline really did the trick. Great post and even great headline :)

    By ReviewSaurus on Feb 1, 2008

  3. hey great option. Thanks for sharing this … stumbled .. :)

    By Kanak Bhandari on Feb 1, 2008

  4. This is useful for feed readers like me.

    By ram on Feb 1, 2008

  5. @ReviewSaurus: Hey, i was just applying the concept of effective SEO. :D
    @Kanak: Thanks for the stumble!
    @ram: Glad you like it man!

    By Syahid A. on Feb 2, 2008

  6. Great utility. Although i prefer IE but i will have to shift to FF because of this.

    By Madhur Kapoor on Feb 4, 2008

  7. @Madhur: Glad you find this useful!

    By Syahid A. on Feb 4, 2008

  8. Wow.. works like charm! thanks using it on this comment ;)

    By NoktahHitam on Feb 4, 2008

  9. Nice find buddy, never used it. Stumbled.

    By Nirmal on Feb 4, 2008

  10. Awesome very useful indeed !
    thanks for sharing

    By Antoine Khater on Feb 5, 2008

  11. Great tip Syahid! You probably know this already but for those who don’t want Gina’s extension itself (which is a neat collection of Greasemonkey scripts) or who already use Greasemonkey extension, they could grab just the ‘GPE’ script.


    By K-IntheHouse on Feb 5, 2008

  12. great post. i liked it…

    By Metathione on Feb 7, 2008

  13. @Metathione: Glad you find this plug in beneficial.

    By Syahid A. on Feb 7, 2008

  14. @K-IntheHouse: Thanks for the stumble man! Nice alternative you have there.

    By Syahid A. on Feb 7, 2008

  15. When I’m done submitting a comment, I’m sent back to the comment page, where I see the text I just entered as well as the open field to create a new comment again. Should we still be showing this box? It looks like we’re suggesting they write another comment.

    By T Ron on Oct 9, 2008

  16. @T Ron: Hope that the developer will find your input useful.

    By Syahid A. on Oct 9, 2008

  17. I wonder why Google is offering this feature. Have they introduced it to make the searches more relevant and effectively letting the comments be appendices to the web page? Or are they just making it easier to the Web 2.0 world to have collaboration on the content of the webpage? They argue the latter but I am not quite sure yet. The people at the big G are intelligent so I believe that there is method in the madness – not sure what it is yet.

    By Donation on Apr 24, 2009

  18. I like the google search engin but sometimes when looking 4 something u run around in circles. Nevertheless its great. Keep up the good work guys.

    By Phoenix on Sep 15, 2009

  19. Posting comments within Google Reader is extremely useful and makes my time better suited for other daily requirements.

    By Chat Roulette on Mar 12, 2010

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