(Update: The original bug has now been fixed. I also noticed Johnny K figured out the code required to remove the styling. However, I prefer the output and options offered by FeedBurner so I’m going to stick with my method).
It was this last feature that I was most interested in. Before now, items in my “Shared News” list have been manually created using mini-blog entries with a special category and some custom code. I thought that by switching to Google Reader’s Shared Items I would save myself a great deal of time – while reading feeds it would only take a single button click to publish items of interest to my shared page. Cool!
Luckily there’s an easy workaround using FeedBurner and only a little effort. In about 10 minutes you’ll be able to include Google Reader’s Shared Items on your site with any CSS you desire.
- Add the RSS Feed from your Shared Items to a new or existing FeedBurner account.
- Within FeedBurner, from the ‘Publicize’ menu select BuzzBoost and choose the display options you desire.
- Should you wish to hide the FeedBurner icon at the bottom of the list, simply add the ‘display:none;’ attribute to the img tag within your Shared Items div.
I'm sure the Google Reader team will address the problems with the Shared Items formatting sometime in the future, but given the (surprising) lack of comments about this on the Google Reader Groups I'm not sure what the priority will be in the great scheme of things. In the meantime it's nice to have an easy to implement workaround for a great feature.