Adding Send to Instapaper into Google Reader

ip2Google Reader added a way to share posts in a number of other services, such as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, they offer a way to build your own custom links right into Google Reader. Upon seeing this, I immediately thought of making an Instapaper link so I can read posts later on my iPhone.

Here is how I did it:

  • In Google Reader, go to Settings and click to the Send To tab
  • Hit “Create Custom Link”
  • Enter a name, I used “Instapaper”
  • For the URL enter this, but replace YOURUSERNAME with your username:
  • https://www.instapaper.com/api/add?username=YOURUSERNAME&url=${url}&title=${title}
  • If you have a password, put this instead (Replace with your password):
  • https://www.instapaper.com/api/add?username=YOURUSERNAME&password=YOURPASSWORD&url=${url}&title=${title}
  • You don’t have to use an image, but if you would like to, feel free to use mine:
  • instapaper http://www.willw.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/instapaper.png
  • If it is working, a new tab will pop up with “201″ each time to send an item to Instapaper.

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There are many other services that this could work for too.

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  • http://trmw.org TRMW

    This doesn't seem to be working. I get a new 201 tab, but the {url} and {title} fields aren't updated.

  • http://www.willw.net/ Will Robertson

    Interesting, for some reason WordPress removed the $ from in front of {url} and {title} – sorry about that! Here is the fixed code:

    https://www.instapaper.com/api/add?username=YOU

    or

    https://www.instapaper.com/api/add?username=YOU

    Let me know if you have any more problems with it.

  • http://trmw.org TRMW

    Yeah, I just caught the dollar sign problem my self. All good now! Thanks for the tip!

  • http://twitter.com/jezlyn Cheryl Jones

    Very cool! Thanks for alerting me to your addition to the new GReader “save as” feature. This is going to make things so much easier, and I'll be using Instapaper lots more now. :)

  • http://www.willw.net/ Will Robertson

    Thanks!

    I usually end up keeping a number of posts unread because I don't have time to read them right away, and it gets very annoying. Now with this Instapaper link my Google Reader is all cleaned up!

  • jmguardia

    This is awesome. Thanks!

  • Mete Donmez

    They already added instapaper to the default send to items. When I refresed the page to add it, it was already there.

  • http://www.willw.net/ Will Robertson

    Heheh ya they did that yesterday, a few days after I wrote this – I
    will update the post when I get a chance. Thanks!

  • Mete Donmez

    They already added instapaper to the default send to items. When I refresed the page to add it, it was already there.

  • http://www.willrobertson.ca/ Will Robertson

    Heheh ya they did that yesterday, a few days after I wrote this – I
    will update the post when I get a chance. Thanks!