7/1/09 – Please note that this add-on is not yet compatible with Firefox 3.5, which was released yesterday.
Sometimes people complain that comments aren’t included in their feed reader. I’ve often wondered how hard it is to click from the feed reader to the actual article, but maybe those extra clicks use up a lot of time. I know that if an article in my feed reader really interests me, I WANT to visit the site to read it.
There is a solution to this, however, if you use Firefox and Google Reader. There is a great Firefox add-on that will add comments and tweets to the posts in Google Reader.
gReactions is an experimental Firefox add-on that will integrate comments with Google Reader.
Install the add-on like any other and then restart Firefox. When you open Google Reader you should see the following at the bottom of each item.
Click on Show comments to see the comments for that article.
You can select View All, Comments, or Twitter.
I’ve found it to be small and a little hard to read. If I want to read and comment on the article, I click over to the site anyway but it is kind of cool to see the comments right in the feed reader.
As with other experimental add-ons, this one can be a little buggy. Sometimes I get a no comments found message even for articles that I know have comments. It hasn’t affected the Google reader in any negative way though.
So what do you think? Useful? Would you use something like this? Do you even use your feed reader anymore? ;-)