Last January I mentioned how cool it would be to have a Google Reader module that I could add to Netvibes, my start page of choice. I’ve had some great comments on that post that have proven to be helpful.
After a few more exchanges, Rob mentioned that you can add a full web page into a Netvibes tab. Bingo! There’s the answer I’d been looking for, cleverly hiding under my own nose.
This is very simple to do, here’s a quick walk through.
First, create a new tab and give it a name (I named mine GReader). Now, in the properties for that tab, set it to single column.
Now, at the top right of your Netvibes page, click on the “Add Content”. Move down a bit and expand “External Widgets”. From there, you’ll click on “Web Page”. (until today I never knew that was an option!)
The rest is pretty straight forward
Click “Edit” on your new widget. Set the URL field to http://www.google.com/reader/view.
Click on “Add to My Page”.
You’ll probably want to experiment a bit with the height setting, that’s pretty dependent on your monitor resolution.
The final result is a Netvibes tab running a complete Google Reader.
Thanks Rob! Based on the options available and a bit of experimentation I do believe you’ve shown me the light on the best way to integrate two of my favorite web apps. And a big thanks to everyone else who also participated in the discussion — lots of great ideas.