Google Reader Unread Feed

After an intense google-fu workout session ending in failure I may be the only person in the word interested in doing this but here goes…

Use Google Reader? Want an RSS feed of only unread item? Then hears how!

The secret is subtraction, you need to take your reading-list feed and remove all items with a read tag.

As an example here’s what the reading-list and read feed url’s should look like

http://www.google.com/reader/atom/user/YOURUSERIDGOESHERE/state/com.google/reading-list

http://www.google.com/reader/atom/user/YOURUSERIDGOESHERE/state/com.google/read

Too find out your user ID go to reader.google.com and then enter this line of javascript into the address bar
javascript:prompt("User ID", _USER_ID);void(0); you should then get a popup with your ID

So to get the unread feed you put it all together like this

http://www.google.com/reader/atom/user/YOURUSERIDGOESHERE/state/com.google/reading-list?&xt=user/YOURUSERIDGOESHERE/state/com.google/read

So now I’ve got the Vista RSS Feed gadget (running on XP just to be awkward) displaying a list of my unread items.

Yay!

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    • F9
    • March 16th, 2010

    Fantastic! I’ve never found this link to get unread feed! This is fantastic!

    • Rebecca
    • May 12th, 2011

    Thanks! I’ve been wondering how to do this. Perfect and simple solution.

    • Andy
    • February 5th, 2012

    Thank you! My new car (Mini Countryman with Mini Connected) will read RSS feeds to me, and I want it to do exactly this. I appreciate you figuring this out and sharing the knowledge.

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