Feed readers – it’s easy!

February 1, 2007

In my last post, I briefly described how to use an RSS feed reader (or aggregator). This About.com article describes the pros and cons of the 10 best feed readers. For simplicity, I will walk through setting up a Bloglines account.

1. Go to Bloglines: http://www.bloglines.com

2. Click the ‘Sign up now, It’s Free!’ link in the middle of the page.

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3. Fill out the webform with your email address, your choice of password, timezone and language.

4. After signing up, you must verify your email address. Bloglines will send a message to your email account with a link that you simply need to click.

In your account, you will notice a menu on the lefthand side of the screen. This is totally customizable – and all the folders that are currently showing can be changed and/or deleted.

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You can now start adding feeds to your bloglines account! To add a new feed, click on the ‘add’ link in the menu.

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To add a blog feed, just put in the URL of the blog. To add an RSS feed, input the feed URL.

For instance, if you wanted to add a feed to a particular part of the New York Times, you would start at the NYTimes website. At the very bottom of the page, you will see a link to RSS.

Select the item you want to add to your feed reader. I will choose the general NYTimes Science feed.

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By clicking on the orange RSS feed button, you will get a page that has XML coding on it. All you need to do is copy the page URL from the web browser and paste it into the ‘Feed URL’ box in your bloglines account, and click subscribe.

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Notice that now the NYTimes Science feed is in my menu in Bloglines.

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