Super Google Reader Converts All Partial RSS Feeds Into Full Feeds

Super Google Reader Converts All Partial RSS Feeds Into Full Feeds

Chrome: If you do most of your reading in Google Reader, you probably find truncated RSS feeds — that is, feeds that only give you the first paragraph of a post — annoying. Convert them all into full feeds with one simple Chrome extension.

We’ve featured a few services that convert truncated feeds into full ones, but they usually require you to plug in each truncated feed you follow and subscribe to a new, untruncated feed, separately. Super Google Reader makes it much easier: just install the extension and all your Google Reader feeds will show up as full ones. You don’t have to subscribe to a bunch of new feeds or worry about whether that service is going to die and leave you feedless.

The extension is pretty configurable, too. Once you install it, just head to Google Reader’s Settings page and go to the new “Super” tab. Under “Opening entries”, hit “Default to open all entries as readable content”. From then on, all your truncated feeds in Reader should show up as full feeds. You can even prefetch the full articles (so they load faster), try to prefetch images, or even show the article in its original form instead of a text-only, “readable format”. You can also set these settings on a feed-by-feed basis by going to the “Super settings” dropdown under a feed’s title in Reader’s left-hand pane.

Super Google Reader is a free download, works wherever Google Chrome does.

Super Google Reader [Google Chrome Extensions via Digital Inspiration]


      • I appreciate the post Angus and your opinion, but I believe George has a point. Your argument is akin to saying “I don’t vote because none of my neighbours vote either, so my vote alone is pointless and won’t make a difference”. Looks like a great extension, but the best solution would be full RSS feeds. Sure it won’t fix other sites, but Lifehacker would be fixed! I suspect the real reason for a truncated feed is to get people to the web page to expose them to ads, user comments, etc.

        • George is conflating two entirely separate issues though, by arguing that if this site had one, he wouldn’t need one anywhere else and that the post itself would have no point. That’s potentially flattering, but basically unlikely.

          You’re absolutely right that not having a full RSS feed is a commercial decision — Lifehacker makes money through advertising, and there’s not much enthusiasm out there for advertising on RSS feeds.

          • I read tons of sites via RSS, namely Kotaku (a lifehacker sister site), and Make Magazine. Both have RSS feeds with full articles that include ads. I have zero issues with that. As long as you include the ad in the article, and don’t have a separate entry for the ads, I don’t think people will complain.

        • Gus has already responded regarding the commercial aspects, so there’s little point in me adding to that topic. Though, at least lifehacker will post articles like this in the first place – I somehow don’t envisage CNet doing the same thing.

          I for one, like the summary RSS articles offered by lifehacker, gizmodo and brethren. It makes it much easier to flick through the articles, reading snippets and selecting only those that appeal to me. Full articles in my feed would only serve as an annoyance when you have several long posts .This would be especially true for Gizmodo which posts a lot more stories.

          Plus, I like reading and responding to the comments added, and the straight forward layout of the e-zines pages (wow there’s a term I haven’t used, or heard in a while) in the Allure Media family are easy on the eye – much better than the Gawker pages of the US counterparts.

          • I agree with Sam that a truncated feed makes it easier for me quickly flick through my RSS Feeds, however generally, the way I go about my RSS is if the title grabs my attention I’ll open the post in a new tab. If it doesn’t I’ll generally move on, but having the full feed feature is handy because there are some sites that I like to have a quick flick through what they offer in the post to decide if its worth my time (namely a tutorial site)

            Just my 2c.

  • Thats hilarious the first thing I thought was how Lifehacker is the only one of my feeds that does the truncated feed and the author is right it is defiantly “annoying”. Luckily Reeder for Mac now has a setting that reveals the whole post for me using the readability feature removing all the “junk” that I don’t want to see.

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