Last week I wrote about how I was learning to exploit more value from my iPod. Today is an unintended part II to that article.
Everyday I read about 15-20 web sites, a lot of blogs and news. There are some authors like James Howard Kunstler that I don’t visit that often. Thus, I miss his weekly blog. Additionally, a friend of mine just started a new column and instead of waiting for an email I wanted to get the updates immediately. Lastly, I want to read this on my iPod Touch (or iPhone or iPad as appropriate). Even this blog has RSS feeds, but I had no idea how to use them.
With a little work this morning I have once again overwhelmed myself with information and news, but I can manage it much better. Far far easier than visiting web sites everyday.
Here is what you need to do:
1) Select a reader. Quite honestly, Google Reader is intuitive and easy. If you already have a blogspot account, gmail, or another google service you can log in with your existing password and username.
2) Subscribe to fees. The easiest way to do this is go to the web site you desire and look for the “RSS” button. One of two things will happen:
a) You will see a list of possible readers. Pick the Google button and the web site will take you back to your google reader account. Accept the subscription.
b) Alternatively, you will find yourself on a page that most likely is the web address and has /feed/ in the title. Copy this address from the index bar (highlight the web address and press ctrl+c). Return to the google reader account window. Push the “Add subscription” button and paste the link.
Now you have a reader and feeds. Depending on how you use your PC will impact how often you read and see the updated news. No more visiting various web sites!
3) iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – I have an iPod Touch and read news every day. I found a great application called “Reeder”. Visit the Apple iTunes store and download this program. It costs $2.99 and is easy to use. There are other iPhone apps, but I downloaded this and it linked to my google reader account effortlessly. I see each feed as a folder heading and can read through the news.