The revamped design of Google Reader is now considerably different compared to the classic look, and does not allow you to share like before. Anything that you share is now going to happen via a +1 to Google+. Yesterday, we covered a stylesheet fix for Google Reader that addressed the spacing issue, but if you want the old sharing options back, check out ReaderSharer. It is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to view your shared items and those from the people you follow. It will also display whether an item has been shared or not. Additionally, it, too, reverts the new fonts and spacing of feeds, providing a more all-in-one-package of sorts.
The redesigned Google Reader offers Starred items and Trends option to its left side. With this extension, People you follow and Your shared items options are added back to the new interface. Google also changed the font size and spacing between feeds when in list view, making it difficult to browse through the feeds. Reader Sharer reverts this modification and takes you back to the classic design, allowing you to browse more conveniently.
ReaderSharer also sports +1, Email, Keep unread and Add tags options, which are all found at end of each feed item. This extension adds the sharing button back to the feeds, making sharing content hassle-free once more.
Since extensions only take effect within your own browser, the question you might ask is how on earth will the ‘Share’ feature work for you? The answer lies in the simple fact that whole Google Reader’s new design seemed to have snuffed the very existence of the share feature, it still exists in the backend and the API has not been killed off. Notice that your smartphone still lets you ‘share’ items so the option has been removed but not gutted.
Even if you weren’t a fan of sharing, you will like having the old interface back not to mention regaining the Notes feature. It is sad that Google decided that sharing is only sharing if it’s done via email or on Google+ and this extension is possibly an exceptional way to work around it. On the surface it appears that the old sharing is gone for good but as the extension proves, it not exists but is fully functional.
This is a very useful extension, especially for those who found Google Reader’s sharing capabilities highly effective. Install ReaderSharer now and get back on the sharing bandwagon.