“Google Reader Unread Count in Gmail” Script Again

After Google unveiled its “plus” social network to combat Facebook, its whole product line got an interface update and my “Google Reader Unread Count in Gmail” Greasemonkey script no longer worked. So it’s time to update it again.

Install latest version.

Google Reader Unread Count in Gmail

Now it seems Google hides Reader link in the “more” drop down. Or at least it’s the situation in my account. Anyway, If that’s the case, my script will swap it with the last one in the menu bar.

What’s more, It now supports Chrome! Day by day I’m getting more used to Chrome and discarding Firefox. And looking at the market share data, Chrome is also making great progress.

Google Reader Unread Count

Gmail is my Firefox home page and is always open as long as Firefox is there. So I wrote this Greasemonkey script to show Google Reader’s unread count in the nav-bar of Gmail. A good place, isn’t it?

The script checks for the unread count every 8 minutes. But after you click the “Reader” link, it checks the count 1 minute later and extend the interval by 1 minute after every check until the interval returns to 8 minutes again.

Install Greasemonkey,and then install this script

Page on userscripts.org.

Showing Post Title in Neighbor Post Preview

A few days back, a friend asked me whether the neighbor post preview plugin can be customized to show the post title in preview.

Yes, that’s a wonderful idea. Many WordPress users just use “next post” or “previous post” as the navigation link text instead of the post title. This can save much space and readers can more easily focus on the title of current post (example page). If you noticed, Live Spaces are using left/right arrow icons as the link text.

So I implemented this idea into my plugin. By doing this, it becomes more useful for those people who didn’t show the post titles in the link text.

Post title in preview

Thanks, Penelope, for this great idea.

Go to the plugin homepage for download. When activated, go to the options page for customization (http://yourdomain/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=neighbor-post-preview.php).

WordPress Neighbor Post Preview Plugin

I assume you’re reading this post on its own page (i.e. the permalink). If you’re on the front page, or in an RSS reader, please go to its own page.

Above the title of this post, there is the previous/next post navigation bar. Now hover your mouse on the previous post link, but don’t click :) . Did you see the little bubble showing the excerpt of the previous post? That’s it!

Sometimes title is not enough for visitors to determine whether the post is worth reading. With an excerpt, more information is provided. Some posts with great titles are worthless, while some great stories are under unromantic titles.

I just made the plugin Neighbor Post Preview to do this thing. Visit its page for download and installation instructions.

Thanks to the great JavaScript libraries – Prototype and Prototip.

Hope you enjoy this plugin and I welcome all feedbacks and suggestions.

MyBlogLog Widget Colorer Got a Widget of Its Own

First I’d like to thank Ian for mentioning my widget colorer tool on the MyBlogLog Blog. It’s great encouragement for me. And thanks to the great guys who stumbled it.

As I discovered, hundreds of visitors came according to Google Analytics, but only less than 15 had a try. A failure? I think so. There is some problem with user experience or the tool itself is not very useful.

However I’m not too frustrated (Thanks again to the great people mentioned above). Today I added a widget to track the visitors, so finally the widget colorer got a recent readers widget of its own. It’s at the bottom of the page. Go now for a position on the widget :)

Of course it’s generated by the widget colorer itself. I used the handy Firefox extension called ColorZilla (highly recommended) to pick colors of the site for perfect match.

Still I want your feedbacks or suggestions to improve the poor user conversion rate. I’m ready for criticisms.