google reader: more ogling in lesser time
May 24, 2009 1 Comment
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 AOL, netvibes, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you see this icon ? Click on it!
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.
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.
At the bottom lefthand side you find Manage subscriptions > link. Click on it.
You will get into this page where all of your subscriptions are lined up. Here, you can categorize your subscriptions accordingly by creating folders.
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.