How do I sync Google Reader with Flock's RSS feeds?

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How do I import my RSS news feeds from Google Reader into Flock? And is it possible to keep my RSS feeds syncked between Google Reader and the Flock Feeds Sidebar (that is, if I add a feed to Google Reader, can I make it show up in Flock's feed sidebar, and vice versa)?
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This would be cool to have, but there is no sync/integration at this time.

However, you can export/import your subscriptions from Google Reader into Flock's RSS reader.
1. In Google Reader, go to Settings, Import/Export.
2. Export to a file.
3. Rename this .xml file to .opml (Flock looks for .opml files and won't show you .xml files in the dialog box).
4. In Flock, open the Feeds sidebar, click the Feed Options dropdown, and Import Feeds. Navigate to the OPML file you exported.

Unfortunately syncing which feed items you've read does not happen at this time. Perhaps Flock or an individual can get this working if Google's API supports it?
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Find some OPML-ed feed transport (like MY.RAMBLER.RU in Russia.
Take your Google Reader feed there, and use the transport's feed link to stick it up Chrome-flock's *settings*
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I am looking for a desktop RSS reader that syncs with Google's online feed reader. I'm not interested in Google Gears at all. Thanks!
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Syncing with the Google reader feeds would be FABULOUS!
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agreed!
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An idea: Feeds could be treated in the same way as Flock's existing mechanism for handling bookmarks and online bookmarking services.

For saving feeds, you could have a dialogue similar to Save Bookmark - instead of having a checkbox for del.icio.us you would have a one for Google Reader. Then you add tags/folders just as you would with Save Bookmark.

In this way the feeds sidebar does not have to be subservient to the Google Reader feed list.
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that would be kind nice :)
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Done and done. This functionality as you've discussed is basically available in both Flock and Firefox.

Go to Tools > Options > Applications. You can modify the Web Feed option to use a few options including Google Reader and Bloglines or a separate application on your computer. Once set, when you click the RSS icon, the feed is sent to Google Reader rather than Flock's built-in Feeds sidebar.

Not quite full integration. However, full integration is technically possible -- for instance, see http://www.rictus.com/muchado/2008/07... which discusses Snackr's full integration including read/unread items between Snackr and Google Reader. I think there are other applications with similar integrations.
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I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this feature to syncs with Reader. I really love using Flock's in-browser RSS features, but also keep up with feeds throughout the day on my iPhone. This feature would be really wonderful.
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Thanks Chris. Glad to hear that it's technically possible.

From what you suggest (on the Mac it's Preferences > Applications > Search for Web Feed) this eliminates the need to manage two feed libraries, and manual synchronization by regular imports of the Google Reader OPML file is now a more viable solution.

Unfortunately, as you say, the functionality you describe only solves part of the problem - it's still not enough to make me a regular user of the feeds sidebar in Flock. Manual syncing is too much regular effort.
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I used Fluid to create a standalone browser for Google Reader and I set this as the default application for web feeds, but it didn't work. This may just be a limitation of Fluid & WebKit.
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Thanks for the info, I hooked up google reader and now my world is complete!
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Well if u need to sync your feeds with google reader I suggest you should use RSS Bandit which gives you the functionality of sync with google reader account..

That would be great if Flock provide sync facility with other online readers
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Actually this part

"3. Rename this .xml file to .opml (Flock looks for .opml files and won't show you .xml files in the dialog box)."

is not necessary at all because Flock opens XML just fine - all you have to is simply change the file type in the import dialog window.
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I noticed that :)
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I really would be interested in this too. I use my Google Reader across multiple computers. If the Firefox Extension 'Feedly' can synchronize the feeds then I would think this would be easy for Flock to do too. It would make things incredibly easy and keep the customers happy :)

Thanks for your consideration!
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Wow, syncing between Feedly, Google Reader and Flock would be the best.
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Hey Guys, rejoice I found a way out of this mond-boggling situation. Due to the fact that Flock has been made over the structure of Firefox, us guys can use Firefox 3.5 with a wonderful add-on named Yoono. It even gives more functionality than Flock's inbuilt Social Networking. The only thing is you cannot connect to Flickr, Picasa and Photobucket. The Yoono sidebar even lets you write blogposts from the Webnotes thing and you can open Google Reader itself in a small version in the sidebar. Just remember to click on the sidebar and choose manage widgets and then you can choose the option named something like Feeds and has a Blue Feed icon. Its just superb. I have already shifted to this. Plus Firefox 3.5 is even faster!
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I wish this feature existed too. :-(
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If this feature existed I would be more apt to use Flock. I do like many of the features but you can do much of what Flock does by using Firefox + Extensions. It does it better.

A true social browser would allow us the ability to integrate our favorite reader (Google in my case) and then allow us to share our stories using social networks (ie Pingfm, Evernote)
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i found a plugin called feedly that you canput on your toolbar that does the trick
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Yes, as Bill pointed out you can install the extension Feedly which links with your Google Reader account and sets up a nicely done magazine style web page as your home page (if you so desire). Whatever changes are made in Feedly are mirrored in Google Reader and vice versa. I used this extension before and it is pretty stable and works well. It replaces the feed reader in Flock, though, and is accessed via a toolbar button instead (or bookmark).
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Yeah, I'm just looking at trying out Flock right now. This is a bit of a dealbreaker for me if I can't sync the rss feeds between the flock on my desktop and on my netbook. If I'm going to use Google Reader I may as well just use Firefox for my blogging and social networking. What would be exciting about Flock is for all of this to be done natively within one application via syncing without having to rely on web-apps. (Though, as an intermediate solution, two-way syncing between Flock's RSS reader and Google Reader would be acceptable - just like how some people use Google Calendar to sync Sunbird and their Blackberry.) It seems to me that there needs to be a Weave-like extension specifically for Flock that syncs some of the social-specific elements like RSS feeds, and possibly blog post drafts, etc. I think this is a great effort and I'll continue to support it. But until it does those things it's not really of much use to me.
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my BF got this to work by syncing browser settings with Dropbox. Only caveat is you have to log out of the browser when you're done with it or it keeps going back to old sync settings.
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I was wondering about this as a solution. My only question if any single file in the flock settings folder gets to be so big that it becomes cumbersome to sync and resync constantly over Dropbox (like with Thunderbird) or if it's pretty seamless? Also, does anyone know the directory/file for exactly where Flock stores the RSS feed info (not just OPML but the data about what's been read and what hasn't). It would be more elegant to sync just that over Dropbox than the hole settings folder - for instance in case you want some settings on one Flock but not on another. As an example, on my desktop I want the share via email to open Thunderbird but on my netbook I want it to open my webmail.
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A further suggestion - It would be ace if you could import folders/grouped tags of feeds in to folders in Flock - save the hassle of working it all out again. Perhaps could work with the 'bundle' feature in Google Reader?

Love that I can mash RSS with Social feeds. Great idea :)
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how important RSS feeds?
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I do hope to see it in the next version.
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