August 12, 2012
Feedreader Online — "Allows you to view your feeds from any web browser, on any device, without installing any software"
Can your RSS thingie do that?
Full disclosure: I have never subscribed to an RSS feed and never will.
Because I haven't a clue how they work and I hate having online stuff shoved down my inbox.
Five daily newspapers + four weekly magazines + eight monthly magazines in my paper and mail boxes?
I'm down wit dat.
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Posted by: sherlock | Aug 13, 2012 12:36:31 AM
I once loved the RSS feed reader in iGoogle, but as Google doesn't think iGoogle is worth keeping open, well, I'm in the market for something new. But at work, I've been using the stand alone - 'classic' version of FeedReader, and it's one of the best RSS readers I've found.
Posted by: Rocketboy | Aug 12, 2012 8:38:16 PM
Joe, not doing something because you don't know how it works is silly -- you tweet about things you've purchased and used that you'd previously never seen (and didn't know how to use) all the time. Moreover, you're operating under a dreadful misapprehension as to how RSS feeds work. (They CAN be delivered to one's inbox, but I know few people who use it that way.) I'd never remember to read 99% of the blogs I like without using an RSS feed, and NOTHING at all is delivered to my inbox.
I just use the feed reader in Safari. Here's the process:
1) I see a blog I'd like to remember to read and I click on the link to subscribe.
2) I "bookmark" it by saving it to the RSS Feed bookmark folder, just like I'd save any other web site to remember to go back to read.
For my purposes: On my bookmark bar, across the top of my browser, among the other daily-used bookmarks, there's one that says RSS Feeds (X) where X is the number of new posts, from all of my different blogs I read. I can then click the drop-down arrow to read either ALL of the new blog posts on just one page, aggregated there like a newspaper pulls in AP and Reuters stories, or I can click on a specific blog's name to read just the new posts from that blog. My inbox has absolutely no involvement.
So, if you normally read all the blogs you read by going to your bookmarks and clicking one at a time, to either read or find there's nothing new on any particular blog, RSS feeds merely automate the process. If something has a new post, it shows up in your feed; if there's nothing new, there's nothing there. It's basically a paper towel roll of all of the new posts since the last time you checked. If you want to read the original post at the actual site, you just click on the title of the post, and it takes you out of the feed and opens a window with the actual blog post at the actual blog.
Basically, you've been imagining it to be far more complicated, when it's actually like someone having clipped all your favorite columns from all your favorite magazines and newspapers, and putting them in one place, with nothing you didn't want.
As for FeedReader, I suppose it would be fine for someone who uses multiple computers, but since I've just got the one, having the feed in my browser is fine, and as mrG said, for people using Google Reader, it's not anything special. Of course, for people who eschew Google products, it would be yet another RSS option.
Posted by: Julie Bestry | Aug 12, 2012 2:25:57 PM
I'm with Gryzor, I couldn't cope with you Joe if I didn't have RSS because, well, I mean, some of the stuff you post, I really dig, I mean really really dig, but other stuff? meh. Sorry, it's the truth, and i can scan your (very frequent ;) updates in a sec and decide if I want to read it, and if I'm piqued by the title, I can click and right there, in reader.google.com, I have the text and images -- even better, I don't click, I key through my feeds, n-n-n- and j-j-j if someone's on a roll, and k-k if I missed one two posts back and shift-n down to the next feed, shift-o, well you get the picture. I can even just v the story and zoom, I'm here on your page and ready to log my comment.
but what I don't understand here is why someone would try to re-invent google reader as if it was an innovation? there was one other advertising itself as cross-device, and I tried it, and largely it was beautiful, but it was form without function, lacking a conplete set of key commands, and highly ambiguous about whether I'd read or previewed something, but (it was feedly.com) nonetheless, worth peeking at now and then to see if they can get it actually work :)
Posted by: mrG | Aug 12, 2012 12:40:30 PM
You "hat online stuff being shoved into your inbox"?
Well, if you've got no sites you follow on a regular basis RSS is useless. If you do, then it's priceless. I follow your blog through your RSS feed - if it weren't for that there'd be no way I could keep up with all the sites I'm interested in. And nothing is shoved into any inbox (though there are plugins for emailers that will let you do that). Do give it a chance!
Posted by: Gryzor | Aug 12, 2012 12:25:55 PM
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