Recommended Reading: Google Reader Shared

Displays your shared items from Google Reader.

Recommended Reading: Google Reader Shared gets the shared items from your Google Reader account.

Want to easily share posts you recommend from other blogs? Want to share selected posts from your business
partners’ news feeds or friends’ blogs? The “Recommended Reading” plug in is the easy way to do it! All
you need is a free Google Reader account.

It includes an easy to use configuration panel inside the WordPress settings menu. From this panel you
can control every aspect of the plug-in, including:

  1. Your Google Reader ID… or look it up dynamically with your Google username and password!
  2. Number of posts to show.
  3. Format of post dates (or hide dates).
  4. Option to show the source blog with link.
  5. How many characters from the post’s content or summary to show (including all, or none).
  6. Handling of links (new window, nofollow properties)
  7. Display of your notes.
  8. Advanced content output and styling when embedding on a page or post.
  9. A link back to your full shared items feed at Google

Use the sidebar widget, embed in a page or post with simple shortcode, or, for advanced users, call the list
by a function in your template.

Precise CSS classes throughout the output (with common WordPress conventions) allows granular control over
the look within templates. Powerful caching stores and compares the the feed’s provided update information,
giving you fast performance with a feed that’s always up to date.

Version 4.0 is a major update that introduces dramatic changes and improvements “under the hood”. Key
components, including feed loading and parsing, were rewritten to take full advantage of the latest WordPress
API and to improve performance. As a result of the re-writes, 4.0 introduces dramatic performance improvements
across the board, as well as PHP4 and broader host compatibility. Best practices, including a plug-in
uninstall script, contextual help, and a dramatic reduction in option table rows have all been introduced.
While there are no new “visible” features for your readers, significant fit and finish has been added to the
plug-in configuration page.

All told, 4.0 represents a “code maturity” milestone, that will facilitate the addition of new features in
the coming months. We will address any issues that result from the broader rollout of this major update
quickly: please report them in the comments section on our website.

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  • Requires 2.8+
  • Downloads 14,659
  • Updated 2009-11-21
  1. I loved the idea of the Google Reader Shared plugin. Unfortunately, it’s not working on a static page for me.
    It does however work as a plug-in so I know I have the Google Reader settings correct.

    Why would it be working as a plug-in, but not on a page with the [recreader] code?

  2. Oh! I just got it working by “unclicking” the “as if publish date” box. :)

  3. Hi there, I installed the plugin which is very much what I want for a static page in my web page that should show my google reader latest shares and my twitter updates.
    I am making it work via [recreading] shortcode on a static page using striking theme.
    What I am not able to do is to configure recreading.css. I have checked the “use special styles” box in the config menu and played a lot with the recreading.css, but haven’t seen any change in the way shared items are displayed. Looks like the css file is not sourced.

    All I want is to have gReader-title, gReader-date, and gReader-source appear in bold font and a different color than the body of the shared item. And maybe leave a bit of space between these three lines and the body.

    Could you help?

  4. Google Reader changed things up. They removed the ‘Share’ option in favor of going with G+. Cannot share items any more and have them appear on my blog. Liked your plugin but it’s now become useless unless there’s a workaround in mind.

  5. Evidently, 10up isn’t too concerned about this. I was able to come up with a work-a-round for the Google Reader issue since they stopped allowing sharing anywhere but to G+ for general use. If you’re interested, you know how to reach me.

    • We’ve simply been very busy, with limited time to support our free plug-ins. Please share your solution.

  6. Hello,

    Since the recent modifications in Google Reader, we are no more able to share posts from it anymore.

    As everything should pass by Google+ now, will you update the plugin to display public posts from the Google+ API ?

    Regards and thanks for the great widget!

    • Since there are other solutions out there that effectively list “plus ones” on Google+, I’m inclined to simply phase out the plug-in. Have you not had luck in finding any such plug-in?

  7. This has been a brilliant plugin…but since Google’s recent changes (redesign of Reader, closure of Buzz, Google+ being the new way etc) it no longer seems to work

    • Indeed. Sharing completely changed to be based on +1.

  8. With the change in Google reader mine has quit, any options?

    • Sadly, Google has completely changed the way items are shared in Reader to use their “+1” system. I’m therefore phasing out this plugin.

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