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How to Send Blog Posts from Google Reader to Evernote

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 14 Aug 2009

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 14 Aug 2009

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Google Reader now lets you send blog posts directly into Evernote. When you send a post to Evernote, we go out to the source page and clip the whole thing –that way you get everything, not just the bit that you see in Reader.

Why I love this feature

A lot of my web life can be broadly classified as research: recipes, drool-worthy gadgets, lifehacking ideas, articles to read, etc. Much of that stuff enter my consciousness through Google Reader. The usual workflow is something like–see an interesting post, go to the blog, clip it into Evernote for later, return to Reader. Now, I can do everything without leaving Reader. Awesome.

Super simple setup

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Sign into Google Reader and click on the Settings link at the top of the page, then click on the “Send To” tab. Next, click “Create a Custom Link” and enter the following:

  • Name: Evernote
  • URL: http://s.evernote.com/grclip?url=${url}&title=${title}
  • Icon URL: http://www.evernote.com/favicon.ico

And you’re done!

What happens next

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When you click your shiny new Send to Evernote button, a new tab will open asking you to sign into Evernote (if you haven’t done so recently), and to, optionally, select the destination notebook and add tags.

A little note

The results you will see are identical to clipping whole webpages using any of our web clippers, which means that you’ll get the content you want and some of the webpage element, too.

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  • Stefan

    Nice one! However, for Dutch users (and maybe other languages).
    First switch Google Reader language to English, then the Tab-menu appears in Google Reader and the Send to appears. Switching to Dutch theses settings will disappear.

  • David

    before this new function in Google reader, I was sending the post by email to my evernote email adress.

    And today I found a new tip in order to easily send email to my evernote as I didn’t manage to remenber the adress. Using gmail, I’m sending the note to login+evernote@gmail.com, and then use gmail filters to forward all emails to the correct evernote email adress.

    As easy as using evernote.

  • Phil

    I think its funny that you have a delicious button since you seem to be doing everything to get to stop using it. Almost working…

  • Brent Hopkins

    Thanks for the tip! Now if you could just integrate with Posterous…

  • gregorylent

    and later, do you ever go back to evernote? me either

    • Andrew Sinkov

      @gregorylent All the time!

  • Ike

    AWESOME!

    Now, a question for a tweak.

    Is there anything we can add to the URL that will direct the clip to go to a different default notebook?

    For instance, if I have an Evernote notebook that is nothing but links, but is not my normal default notebook, is there some code we can tack on the end that will route the clip?

    Maybe something like “&notebook=Myclips”

  • Stephanie

    Any chance you are working on something similar for netnewswire for the mac? I prefer it over google reader and would love this functionality…

  • DivinoAG

    While I appreciate the new possibility, I think I’ll keep sending it to my email instead of using this feature, for one simple reason: this clips the entire page, while sending to email with GReader sends only the content I’m interested.

    If this feature was to send only the text and images from the feed instead of going to the original page, then it would work just perfect; I love the possibility to set Tags after clipping, that I don’t get with email.

    @David: why don’t you just create a contact on GMail called “Send to Evernote” with the correct address? That way, if you just start typing on the address box you’ll get a suggestion for that contact (even if you just type “Evernote”). That’s what I do.

  • Kevin

    Can this be done for Bloglines?

  • Wil C

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!! I didn’t even know I could post to Twitter either. My dumbness has been doing it manually. Now I can store it on Evernote too! This is great! Dawesome great!! Thanks so much for the post!

  • Nathan

    it would be nice if you could get the folks over at feedly to allow you to connect up together.

  • Sam

    The method that David mentions is faster for collecting a bunch of things — the new sendto method makes you go through the page where you select a notebook and tag (which is nice if you want to do that), whereas the username+evernote@gmail.com method just sends it off. (If you name that address in you address book an infrequently used letter, like X, then you can pull up the name quickly too.) Also, the gmail method better preserves formatting.

  • reposed

    This is great. Especially since NetNewsWire recently went all Google Reader exclusive. They only sync with that now. But they left out support for syncing News Clips. They have a new built in feature to send the clipping to instapaper. But I would much rather have it sync with Evernote, this is far better idea. Awesome!

  • calebism

    Thank you!

  • Rae Leggett

    You guys have been reading my mind, haven’t you? Admit it…

  • Patricia A

    I think I need a lesson on Evernote for Dummies. I have tried several times to set up for Google Reader. I follow the directions exactly by pasting in the URLs and saving. Then nothing

    “When you click your shiny new Send to Evernote button, a new tab will open asking you to sign into Evernote (if you haven’t done so recently), and to, optionally, select the destination notebook and add tags.”

    There is no Send to Evernote button. I go back to Google reader. Nada! I have tried this several times

    Help! What am I doing wrong???

  • Mark Patten

    Good addition, but one request. Could you add a button on the Evernote page it takes you to “Save and Close Window”.

    Most of the time, I’m saving for later not to view it then (and I always have Evernote open).

    MP

  • Dkmilan

    Awesome! In the past days, I save my evernote import-email address in the contact book of gmail. And when I see a good post in reader, just press e to send an email and input “eve” in receiver address(will get a advice), and finally click s to send~

  • Mark C.

    Any chance you could support the ${source} tag to clip just the rss item instead of the linked page.

    It would be usefull to be able to set up both types of clipping depending wether the content is in the item or linked.

    Cheers

  • Mark Avey

    Nice one guys :)

  • oganix

    More ore less useless feature if you are using the evernote web clipper since sending redirect to evernote web page. It should just send it and add it to your default notebook without directing asking for password etc.

  • Peter Blomert

    Hey Patricia A,
    which language do you use Google Reader in?
    I found that eg the German Google Reader doesn’t show the “Send To”-Tab.
    If you use another language than English, switch your Reader to English, then the Tab will appear.

  • Dave

    Very helpful tip! Thank you…I’ll use this one a lot!

  • Shem

    This is utterly retarded. Why would I want to clip a page that I haven’t even actually seen with all of it’s clutter i.e.. hundreds of comments? Good feeds contain all the essential content within the post. At least make it optional to clip only what can be seen in Google Reader.

  • Nicky

    Great! Now I don’t have to click the “email to” button anymore…

  • b

    I’m not sure what’s wrong. I’ve gone through the steps, copy and pasted the urls and nothing happens. I have the option in GR to Sent to Evernote but when I click on it a new blank page opens and that’s it. No login, no list of notebooks, nothing. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

  • Emily WK

    Well, if it’s retarded, feel free not to use it.

    And if you want to clip what you see, why not use the email to Evernote function?

    Sheesh.

    I’m having issues where the page I get popped up is blank – I can’t figure out if it’s the work net nanny stopping me, but I CAN get to the main Evernote page. Oh well.

  • Bret

    I’ve installed the settings exactly as listed, but I’m being directed to a blank page. I’m logged into Evernote and for some reason nothing is coming up.

  • b

    Giddy up! It looks like the “blank page” issue is fixed. Thanks!!

  • Paul

    Thank you for this wonderful tip. This will shorten my daily reading considerably. Thank you again.

  • Corey

    Would love to have integration directly within NetNewsWire, or maybe there is something I don’t already know?

  • Ryan

    @Corey
    NNW=GReader now (sort of).

  • Ryan

    @Corey
    Nevermind. Agreed.

  • FroguetteMiNote

    Stefan says:

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    The same with the French Google Reader version, i confirm.

    FMN

  • Nick

    Every item in Google Reader I’ve tried so far gives me the same failure message:

    Clipping error

    Sorry, we were unable to capture [site title and URL]. Some web sites are constructed in a way that prevents us from clipping their content.

  • Erin

    Is there a way to sent to evernote without the evernote page coming up? This isn’t really helpful to me if I am redirected to evernote everytime I clip something – this requires the same effort as going to the link page and clipping to evernote.

    Sorry if this is answered above somewhere.

  • Annie Pazoo

    I’m having the same difficulty as Patricia. My default language in Google reader is English, but the button doesn’t show up. I’ve tried re-adding it, and no luck. Any help available? thanks.

  • xyz

    Isn’t there a way to get this functionality from Delicious and Emails?

    If i email a link to diigo i usually want to save the PAGE, not just the link. Yet i just get an empty note with a link.
    Also if i bookmark something in delicious it’d be nice to get it saved in evernote.

  • Jim S

    Anyone using English and not seeing the Evernote button, I thought the same thing but what you see at the bottom of the article at first is just Send To, once you click on that it opens to show Evernote.

    This is the power of Evernote – To use it the way you want to. Clip, email, send-to. Very nice guys!

  • Dylan

    WOW! Wonderful. Thank you.

  • chenyze

    that is quite a godsend! thank you very much! now if you could figure out for me how to set up a default notebook (for instance i might want to do a quick send without opening up a new page on evernote) that would be great.
    even more awesome if you can let me set up a list of notebooks to choose directly from gReader x=

  • Joe Webb

    This option seems to no longer work, it keeps saying that the url is invalid. Please help!!

  • David Tucker

    wouldn’t it be easier if from either the evernote app or evernote login you could enter in the site for shared articles or starred articles? since this is open for other apps to use it seems like it could be an easy way to setup and would leave it open to other options as well. I have often thought about having some form of an RSS reader built into evernote for easily click and dragging into notebooks.

  • Chris

    I agree that my perfect scenario would be for NetNewsWire to have this built in, instead of or along with Instapaper.

    As it is, NNW has “Mail Link” built in, and if you have your Evernote email address in your mail client you can send stuff over. But, that’s 2 different apps, and I’m spoiled in this era of interconnected apps, and want it to be seamless. Waa.

    Thanks Evernote – one more idea for streamlining my digital life.

  • zalesthebard

    Some problem with the italian Version of Google Reader…

  • ferran

    it does not work in other languages…and i cant change the settings for the language in google.

  • john

    Where is the send to? i cant find it anywhere in the google reader.

  • Joe

    It would be great if Reader displayed the “Send to” link in Safari on the iPhone, but it doesn’t. I don’t really see the point in using the “Send to” feature on my main computer because I could simply bookmark the URL, but on the iPhone it would be useful – too bad Reader doesn’t display it.

  • Coubray Antoine

    Cool !

    1- I’m user of Reader on laptop and Byline on iPhone.
    Thus, it will be super to get that device on byline too !

    2- As French user, please do note that I’ve had to switch to english language first to get the “Send” option as part of Google Reader functionalities.

  • Jonathan F

    That’s a nice EverNote implementation. What I’ve been doing with Google Reader is activating the “star” next to ones I’m interested in and reading them later on my phone or wherever, then un-“star”ing them when I was done (or keeping it like that forever).

    Recently I like 2 new relatively new features (the “star” has been around since the beginning) — Sharing, and marking that you “like” a post. The sharing is not new but some newer implementation is. The “Like” feature is great but doesn’t let you mark something as liked on the iPhone.

  • A.F. Carranca

    When I try to configure in Reader the send to Evernote, it says that the URL
    http://s.evernote.com/grclip?url=${url}&title=${title}
    is not valid. Shoul I change any of the parameters?
    Txs.

  • Phillip Smith

    If you happen to use Fever (http://feedafever.com/) instead of Google Reader, you can add Evernote to the sharing shortcuts by:

    * Click on Fever menu > Select Preferences
    * Click on the Sharing tab
    * Click the plus (+) symbol to add a new sharing service
    * Type Evernote in the Service name field
    * Put the following URL in the Service URL field:

    http://s.evernote.com/grclip?url=%u&title=%t

    * Set a hotkey / keybaord shortcut for the service (I use “n”)

    Save that and you’re off to the races.

    Phillip.

  • Kit Ruiz

    This is handy, however, is there any possible way that I can clip the article and only the article that’s shown in my google reader? For sites such as the gawker, as I use this it also clips the layout and images that are part of the page itself, but not the article that I’m focusing on.

    • masaakif

      +1
      I’d really appreciate it if Evernote could offer it as well as in the web clipper extension for Google Chrome.

      • Adam

        I would also love this. Right now my process involves opening the article’s web page from google reader, using the chrome web-clipper on article mode, and making adjustments. I just want to clip what I see in Google Reader. It’s already formatted nicely, and it should be very easy to locate with code.

  • notegeek

    Thank you for this great update.
    There’s one crucial thing regarding goolgle reader > evernote I would like to see in a next version though.
    After browsing the internet for a few minutes I couldn’t even find any script/help how to integrate eg starred items from greader to evernote. please, change this as there are soooo many starred items but I don’t wanna go through all of them click by click.
    Thank you.

    • Adam

      Also agree with this one. It’d be great to be able to send all my starred articles to evernote. Ideally every time I star an article, it would clip it automatically.

      • Kasey Fleisher Hickey

        Adam, you can find a recipe to do this with a service called ifttt.

  • Harry

    It was pretty good until yesterday, but I noticed that the feature suddenly came to fail. The website appears after attempt to send posts from GR to Evernote looks like something for internal use of your company (Evernote Corp.)..

  • Harry

    Oh, it seems the problem has fixed. Thank you very much!

  • منتديات

    Oh, it seems the problem has fixed. Thank you very much!

  • اعلانات مبوبه

    It was pretty good until yesterday, but I noticed that the feature suddenly came to fail. The website appears after attempt to send posts from GR to Evernote looks like something for internal use of your company (Evernote Corp.)..

  • Kelvin

    Fail to send item in Google Reader to Evernote via s.evernote.com right now!

  • Max

    Doesn’t work on iPad! Just opens Evernote in the App Store!

  • Leftgod

    It doesn’t work!

  • from92714

    It was kind of working good for me till I noticed that some pages that I sent had broken characters. It seems that it was Japanese using S-JIS as the encoding instead of UTF-8. All other pages even in Japanese worked as long as it was using utf-8 and not S-JIS. Is there any workaround for this? I would really like to know since it boosted my data collecting from Google Reader dramatically. Thank you

  • دردشة

    It was pretty good until yesterday, but I noticed that the feature suddenly came to fail. The website appears after attempt to send posts from GR to Evernote looks like something for internal use of your company (Evernote Corp.)..

  • Bojan

    This tip is worth a gold. I still can’t figure out though, should I sent to Evernote or Instapaper first, since they’re both good!

  • Bojan

    Doesn’t work actually….

    Stripes validation error report

    Here’s how it is. Someone (quite possibly the Stripes Dispatcher) needed to get the source page resolution. But no source page was supplied in the request, and unless you override ActionBeanContext.getSourcePageResolution() you’re going to need that value. When you use a tag a hidden field called ‘_sourcePage’ is included. If you write your own forms or links that could generate validation errors, you must include a value for this parameter. This can be done by calling request.getServletPath().

    Validation errors

    Please fix the following errors:
    “Premium Tip: Note history Evernote premium users get access to…” is not a valid Title.

  • Jeff Collier

    Have you guys seen what Instapaper is doing with their “Read later” bookmark? This is really more of what I was looking for in this feature…

  • John Haining

    Will you be fixing this? I still get:

    Stripes validation error report

    Here’s how it is. Someone (quite possibly the Stripes Dispatcher) needed to get the source page resolution. But no source page was supplied in the request, and unless you override ActionBeanContext.getSourcePageResolution() you’re going to need that value. When you use a tag a hidden field called ‘_sourcePage’ is included. If you write your own forms or links that could generate validation errors, you must include a value for this parameter. This can be done by calling request.getServletPath().

    Validation errors

    Please fix the following errors:
    “XXXX” is not a valid Title.

  • Sam Winfield Burk

    I would rather it clip just the article. When it clips the entire article, I often have to scroll down and look at a bunch of stuff I don’t want before I actually read the article. The perfect layout would be if it just clipped the text and images to the note. Thanks.

  • Kevin Baggs

    This would be more helpful if it were more like the clipper. After It has brought up the clip, there should be a button that simply says save and then closes the window. I don’t want to go to the clipped page or continue to notebooks. Just save and go.

  • srikanth

    How can I do the reverse of this???

    I am doing a lot of web clips.Stuff that I find interesting. I want to share it with friends who don’t use evernote. But they cannot keep visiting the notebook just for this sake.

    So if I can have a rss feed of my evernote notebook, each addition will update the rss and will update my friend’s google reader. won’t it be amazing. please tell me how to implement this feature

    • Andrew Sinkov

      When you share a notebook and set it to “share with the world”, that notebook will generate an RSS feed that you can share.

  • Todd Lohenry

    The icon’s not workigng…

  • Michael

    Worked for me. Thanks for this quick and easy to follow tip!

  • George

    How could/should I send a blog out to FIND a western publisher that would help me get my Western Stories in to book form

    how wouldve a good way to pgrase all this and put it WHERE on the vast Blog system???

    Thanks Happy Trails George