google reader: more ogling in lesser time


I like spending my spare time by reading articles over the Internet. Many years ago, I am accustomed to saving my favorite web sites through my web browser’s bookmark at my PC. The disadvantage however, is that when I leave the house and use another terminal, I wouldn’t be able to visit my fave sites, unless I know them all by heart!

Thanks to the advent of content aggregation/syndication, XML, RSS feeds and readers, surfing the Internet has never been this smooth and easy.

There are so many RSS readers being offered nowadays. Among the famous, web-based ones are: Bloglines, MyYahoo, newsgator, My AOLnetvibes, Pageflakes, Google Reader, among others.  Since I am becoming an avid follower of Google Labs, Google Reader is the aggregator of choice.

A quasi-tutorial, I’d like to share my  tips on how to get into Google Reader, and how to use it for your reading pleasure.

perkyperps' google reader

perkyperps' google reader

This is my Google Reader profile page (click on the image).  As you can see, I posted some articles that I like to share with everyone. In this page, you can also get its Atom (RSS) feed.

sign-in page for google

sign-in page for google

You must create a Google account first before you avail the Google Reader (reader can be found here: google.com/reader). If you already have, then sign-in!

google reader home page

google reader home page

Here’s my reader’s home page.  The left-hand side frames comprise the links to important pages (above) like Shared Items, Trends, Starred Items, etc., and my subscriptions (below).  The other side lists down the newly posted items of your respective subscriptions, as well as the items that were recently starred, shared and used. Tips and tricks are also shared on this page.

add your subscription

add your subscription

You can’t use the Google Reader if you don’t subscribe. How to? Click on the [+] Add a subscription icon. A dialog box appears asking you to enter a search term to find feeds, or a feed url. Ideally, you must get the feed url of the web site you want to be updated with.

For example, you want to follow me and my quests to whichever land; apart from “physically” stalking me, you can also do it by simply getting the coffeechat with perkyperps feed.

subscribe to coffeechat with perkyperps via reader

subscribe to coffeechat with perkyperps via reader

Do you see this icon ? Click on it!

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coffeechat with perkyperps RSS feed via feedburner

Here’s my RSS feed using FeedBurner (now owned by Google). In this page, you will be provided with several web-based readers. Click on the Google Reader icon so that FeedBurner can do the subscription for you.

Most sites however, do not have tools like FeedBurner. Rule of thumb here is this. Follow the icon. Click on it. Copy the the feed page url, and paste the url at the [+] Add subscription box.

coffeechat with perkyperps rss feed

coffeechat with perkyperps rss feed

subscribe at coffeechat with perkyperps

subscribe at coffeechat with perkyperps

You’ve already added a lot of subscriptions, now what?

Well, as time goes, you’d slowly get irritated as you get more and more subscriptions, while these content providers simultaneously feed you with more and more items for read! It’s getting wild, so it’s time to re-arrange the scene.

How?

At the bottom lefthand side you find Manage subscriptions > link. Click on it.

manage your subscriptions here

manage your subscriptions here

You will get into this page where all of your subscriptions are lined up.  Here, you can categorize your subscriptions accordingly by creating folders.

click Add to a folder > New folder...

click Add to a folder > New folder...

type the name of the new category or folder

type the name of the new category or folder and click ok

your subscription is now under the new category you just created

your subscription is now under the new category you just created

Your subscriptions can now be categorized accordingly, and it’ll be a lot easier to sort out the topics that would suit your interest and/or mood.

That’s fairly it! Hope you enjoy using this great, free tool from Google.

I’ve still got 700 plus plus items to ogle and enjoy…until then.

One Response to google reader: more ogling in lesser time

  1. randell says:

    Do you know that you can share items directly to your friends who also use Google Reader? If not, you can click on the Friends’ shared items (left side) and under it, there’s a ‘sharing settings’ link. There you’ll find an area where you can enter your friends’ email addresses. I’d like to share items with you. You may send an invite to josephrandell.benavidez AT gmail DOT com. =D

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