Monday, July 26, 2010

Stupid Google Tricks

So Google Reader (a fine product, generally) allows you to share items that you receive via a RSS feed.  This is a neat feature, and one I really appreciate.  (See "Shared Web Pages" in my list of Links to the right (hopefully) on this blog.)

Now the folks at GR offer a little snippet of code that promises to allow you to share webpages that you browse independently of your RSS feed.  Cool!  So I copy the snippet into IE, so I can use this feature, and I receive a warning about it not being safe code.  That's not promising.

Then I actually try to use it, and get the following:

Grrr! A popup blocker may be preventing Google Reader from opening the page. If you have a popup blocker try disabling it to open the window.
Darn it.  I'm using IE's popup blocker, not Google's.  Annoying, but OK.  So I switch to Google's popup blocker.  Same error.  The feature really only works when you've disabled your popup blocker. 

They've got to be kidding, right?