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Recently, I blogged about the major problem that’s cropped up over the last few months/years with rogue sites scraping entire feeds of other blogs and publishing them in full on their evil sites. To combat this problem, in the last few days, a lot of Bloggers have decided to publish their posts in a truncated format. It’s very disheartening to pour your heart and soul into a blog post and have it completely ripped off within minutes of it being published.
This evening, I was researching the advantages vs disadvantages of a truncated feed and I found something that may make everyone happy…both Bloggers and Readers. It turns out, if you use Chrome as your main browser (raising my hand) there’s an extension you can download called Google Reader Inline. Once you add it to your Chrome browser, whenever you’re reading a feed in Google Reader, the extension will automatically load the content and display it as a full-text feed. It will let you view the original post in a page that’s superimposed over the current window/view.
I decided to give it a try. It took about 2 seconds (literally) to add the extension to my Chrome browser and the results were just as described. I brought up a blog (Remodelaholic) that was in my Google Reader and I clicked on the magnifying glass to the left of the title of the post. (Note arrow)
The post immediately displayed in full atop the Google Reader and the blog gets credit for your visit. So I never had to leave the reader in order to read the post. Awesome! This may be the solution to keeping everyone happy! I love Google Chrome, it’s my fave browser and they just keep making it better and better.
Happy solution for all, I think!