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How To Beat Those Partial Feed Bastards At Their Own Game

How To Beat Those Partial Feed Bastards At Their Own Game

So, yesterday we were all talking about partial feeds on Twitter and I was like PARTIAL FEEDS SUCK, because I was sure it would be like one of those scenes from a Russell Crowe movie where a giant crowd of angry villagers gather behind me and buoy me up as the champion of their long overlooked cause because HI? PARTIAL FEEDS SUCK, AM I RIGHT? Who likes those? Nobody! FREEDOM!

Yeah. Well. Not so much. That’s OK. I’ve become accustomed to this sort of thing happening.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter because in the course of that conversation, I come to find out that Jonniker knows about some kind of plugin that allows you read a partial feed in its entirety without ever leaving Google Reader, including if you want to comment!. And then Ali Martell comes in and gives me a link directly to a site with a tutorial on how to install the thing in your Firefox or Chrome browser. You can read about it in the tutorial, but the steps are, basically:

  1. Install Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox.
  2. Install Google Reader Preview Enhanced Script.
  3. Open Google Reader, find a blog with a partial feed, and look for a “preview” link at the bottom (looks like a little box), click on it, and wait for the site to load.
  4. Done.

It’s awesome. And apparently tons of people already knew about it, but I didn’t. So I’m posting this here just in case you didn’t know about it either. You’re welcome.

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Comments (15)

  1. May 26, 2010

    I didn’t know about it. It’s pretty much changed my life already, and it’s not even 7am.

  2. May 26, 2010

    okay so, not to get the discussion up & running again, but (before I download shit to my computer) what’s the difference between clicking on a preview button & waiting for the site to load and clicking on the partial feed & waiting for the blog to load?

  3. May 26, 2010

    I know. It’s pretty much revolutionary.

  4. May 26, 2010

    Well, for me it’s that you don’t ever exit google reader, have to find your place in the post again, and then start over, then when you’re done, go back to google reader and go back to the next blog on the list. That sounds really high-maintenance, but what happens is a lot of times if I actually click through, I end up down some kind of rabbit hole and never get back to my reader. So this is really a time-saver for me.

  5. May 26, 2010

    Exactly. Once I get a new tab, I’m screwed and an hour has gone by and the kid’s diaper is sagging and it’s time for the school bus to drop off the other one.

    I need to stay in Google Reader no matter what.

  6. May 26, 2010

    good to know. I will look into it then. X

  7. May 26, 2010

    This is what I get for not being on Twitter. I’m with you. I hate partial feeds and usually don’t bother reading blogs that have it.

  8. May 26, 2010

    If I install this and never actually come to your site, doesn’t it kind of screw you out of ad revenue?

  9. May 26, 2010

    I publish full feeds as a rule, but occasionally, such as when I have a bunch of pictures of raw chicken, I do hide it behind a more tag. I mean really, who wants to stare at raw chicken before coffee? That’s not even taking my vegetarian readers into consideration. So, am I evil on the partial feed days or considerate?

  10. May 26, 2010

    I think the only people defending them are people who actually have them. I don’t see anyone saying they like them from the reader’s side, except Cynical Dad said he liked them for Entertainment News sites because you can use them to scan headlines really fast, which I suppose makes sense.

  11. May 26, 2010

    No, actually. First of all, I have a full feed, so it wouldn’t affect me at all. Secondly, my ad revenue is no longer CPM based so again, wouldn’t affect me at all. But even if I did have CPM ads, the way this thing works is it is basically creating a little mini browser within Google Reader itself, so I think those are still counting as ad impressions; in other words, I think the people still get credit as if you had visited their site anyway. I haven’t actually checked into this but I am guessing this is the case based on the looks of things.

    But even if it’s not, I still argue that a happy, loyal RSS subscriber is far better for your longterm success as a blogger than a click through CPM is. Your loyal RSS subscribers are the ones who will buy the book you eventually write, or go see you speak, or buy something that you link through an affiliate link, or decide to buy a private ad on your site, or whatever. They are worth more, in terms of both cultural capital and actual money (not to be too crude about it — too late) than a few clicks to your site.

  12. May 26, 2010

    No, I think the occasional use of a more tag is OK. I’ve done that once or twice with a picture-heavy post just because it takes too long to load or whatever. I’m talking about the habitual interrupted feed in RSS that I cannot stand.

  13. May 26, 2010

    Thank you for the detailed response. I have been reading your blog with interest the last few weeks.

  14. May 27, 2010

    OMG, this is game-changing. Thank you so much. I noted Jonna’s comment about this during the brouhaha the other day and was going to ask her for details. I’ve had it installed for all of 10 minutes and I’ve already read more posts than I normally would have. Thanks again!

  15. May 29, 2010

    This is great. Thanks for pointing it out.
    I have been sorting partial feed blogs to the bottom of my list so I can stay in Reader.
    Now I can put them back in the way I want to organize them.

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