Read LiveJournal Friends-Only Entries in Google Reader

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I posted recently in my old LiveJournal about how annoyed I was by the fact that Google Reader wouldn’t allow me to see locked entries, even when I was logged into LiveJournal. None of my LJ friends had found a workaround, so pre-“Project Runway” last night, I did a little Googling, and the first result that popped up was Scatmania’s LiveJournal for Google Reader.

It’s so easy: you go to the website, sign in with your LJ username, and up pops a list of all your LJ Friends. Click on the Google icon next to the person’s name, and voila!, the journal’s added to your Google Reader complete with Friends-Only entries. Now I don’t have to scroll through my endless Friends page to read the journals that I really want to keep up with, and I can see all of someone’s new entries together if he posts multiple times in one day.

Now that I’m using it, I seriously can’t imagine how my life could get much better. This is one of those things that makes me go, “OMG, the Internet is amazing,” even if the word scatmania has really gross connotations for me.


Update 2010-12-07: Since this service hasn’t worked in quite some time, I recommend Free My Feed instead.


  1. Laura says:

    This “scatmania” post gave me a McCain 2008 ad. I don’t know to take that.

  2. Sielle says:

    How’s this working out for you? I tried it too, but some lj feeds end up either lacking current posts from the last week or show no posts altogether. I hope it gets better than this.

    • Hmm. Either I’ve had great luck, or I’m just not noticing that I’m missing posts. I saw some people complaining that names with underscores in them caused problems, but I don’t have any super-emo friends who would have names like _xsadveganphilosophicalgirlx_.

      Maybe if we all start using it hardcore, the guy’ll put a donate button on his page and let us give him a few bucks for his upgrading efforts.