RSS will make your life easier

Many of you read some blogs. Some of you read many blogs. You’ve probably heard of or seen RSS, but aren’t quite sure what it is. Let me explain what RSS is and one way you can use RSS to make your life easier.

There are a ton of resources on the ‘net regarding RSS, so I won’t go into lengthy detail. I’ll point you to some basic resources to get you started.

What Is RSS
Wikipedia – RSS

The first resource mentions ‘feed readers’, of which there are many. Some popular web-based readers are Google’s Reader, and Bloglines.

Another option is to get a Google account if you don’t already have one and then customize your Google homepage. You can add a plethora of existing news/entertainment/etc feeds quite easily, arranging them on the page/tabs as you wish. You can also enter the feed address of any feed you want (if Google doesn’t already have it listed) and that feed will show up.

A nice non-web-based reader is Sage, which is an extension to the Firefox browser. Once it is installed, you hit ‘Alt-S’ and a sidebar menu opens that you can then add feeds to, with each feed/post showing up as ‘new’ as appropriate.

Also in Firefox is the ‘Live Bookmarks’ feature. If a site has feeds defined for it, you’ll see a little orange ‘transmitter’ icon in the address bar at the right. You can click on that and bookmark the feed(s), then when you open the bookmarks menu in Firefox, they’ll be updated automatically. I don’t think this method is really that great, but some folks really like it.

My personal favorite is using Sage. I use a customized Google homepage to view some non-feed data along with 3-4 key feeds that I want to keep up to date on. The rest of the blogs/feeds I read are in Sage which I typically only look at a couple of times a week to ‘catch up on’.

If you want to add our feed to any one of a number of feed readers, just go to http://www.supercinski.net/feed/ and you’ll see appropriate buttons.

Happy feed reading!

5 Responses to “RSS will make your life easier”

  1. Thomas says:

    For those of you using blogger.com, by default (it seems) your blog will have an Atom formatted feed available at http://thenameofyourblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml. Don’t worry about the format, most of the readers have no problem with the splintered RSS formats.

  2. D.O. says:

    I switched from inforss to Sage after our conversation… I like it! However, certain feeds don’t work. They’re blogger ones, .com/atom.xml, and for some reason they don’t read… three of my fifteen or whatever. Thoughts?

  3. Thomas says:

    Well, I spoke to quickly. According to Sage’s help there is a known issue with some Atom formatted feeds. I’m not sure if blogger includes settings for what type of feed you can offer or not.

    Here are a couple useful additions to Sage

  4. Rachel says:

    This may not be the correct response, but if you are in Sage, you can click on the feed finder when you are on a blog (and it doesn’t have to be the .com/atom.xml site, just the blog itself). I use the RSS feed, even on blogger accounts and have had very few problems. I don’t know if that is contradictory or if that is helpful…

  5. Thomas says:

    Ladies and gentlemen,
    There are many things I love about my wife – one of which is her propensity for ‘geekiness’. Rachel, that is indeed the best way to insure blogger feeds work correctly.

    Everyone, enjoy!