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Get Google Reader updates in the Ubuntu messaging menu

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Users wishing to get handy desktop-bound updates of E-mails, tweets and un-read items in Google Reader should check out ‘CloudSN’ – a multi-service notification applet that integrates with the Ubuntu Messaging Menu.

Currently it allows you to receive notifications for: –

  • GMail
  • Google Reader
  • Twitter
  • POP3
  • IMAP

New updates are also displayed via the native Ubuntu NotifyOSD “growl like” bubbles, too, although you are able to manually set the maximum number of bubbles a service shows to limit ‘flooding’. 

CloudSN can also be used as a regular GNOME panel applet: –


CloudNS, like everything else cool in life, has a PPA supporting both Lucid and Karmic and is the recommended way to install it, ensuring you are also kept up-to-date with update

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chuchiperriman/cloudsn
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cloudsn

You can now run CloudSN from the Applications > Internet menu. Turn on Messaging Menu integration

By default CloudSN uses a bog-standard boring GNOME applet. To get the cool Messaging Menu integration you need to do the following: –

  • Right click on the CloudSN tray icon
  • Choose ‘Preferences’
  • In the accounts window that just opened go to Edit > Preferences
  • Under the ‘General’ tab choose ‘Indicate status with: Indicator Applet’.



Facebook support is targeted for inclusion in later editions of CloudSN, providing Facebook notifications of:

  • New friend request
  • New event request
  • New wall posts
  • Photo comments/tag
Thanks to LaPeGa