How to setup an online RSS feed reader

I have been investigating an easy way to check on updates to things like photo collections, your favorite web sites, or blog postings using online tools.
Beats having to go to many sites to check if there is any new content.

For more information on Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and why you would want to bother, check out the videos (scroll down to the Why should I use RSS? for the flash video) and other information. I recommend you view all the videos listed at the first link for a good overview of what RSS is all about.

Web based feed readers include:
– Google reader
– Bloglines
– Newsgator (syncs with Netnewswire on the Mac or FeedDemon for Windows so you can have both desktop and web access to your information)
or you can even extend the use of your email reader such as Thunderbird to also view RSS feeds.

If you sign up to one of the web based readers they provide one place online you can see all your subscription updates at a glance.
For example you could subscribe to my blog feeds so you can easily see whenever new content is added.

To use Google services you need to create a gmail account. I can send you an invitation or you can go to gmail.google.com and register. Once you have a gmail account then go to reader.google.com by typing that into the address bar at the top of your browser. Once you are registered try adding some subscriptions like:
glensharp.com/blog
glensharp.blogspot.com

If you are looking in list view you should see a list of published blog article titles for your reading pleasure.

If you now click an RSS orange feed icon on a web page you should get prompted to add this to your Google reader subscription list. If that doesn’t work then just copy the link and in Google reader do an add subscription and copy the link in.

So you can try Newsgator with all the bells and whistles as explained in the links above or Google reader which might appeal to you especially if you are using their other free applications.

Let me know what works best for you.
Glen

2 Responses to How to setup an online RSS feed reader
  1. […] email or as a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. (If you are new to RSS check out my articles on how to setup an RSS reader and free desktop newsreader software). My preference, to give my overburdened email a break, is to […]

  2. Travel Mysore
    October 18, 2011 | 12:32 am

    Great web site. A lot of useful information here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your effort!

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