How to use RSS with Google Reader and Firefox

September 13, 2008

If you wish there were an easier way to stay on top of the latest updates from your favorite websites and blogs,  you should start taking advantage of RSS!

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RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.  Taking advantage of RSS enables you to go to a single place to check for any updates from all of the sites you want to keep track of.  Setting it up involves picking an RSS Feed Reader, and giving it the addresses of the RSS feeds from each of the websites you want to keep track of.  It sounds tricky, but it’s actually really easy – the software does all the work.

There are a lot of different RSS Feed Readers (also known as RSS Aggregators) available.  An RSS Feed Reader is an installed software program or online web service which will accept your RSS feed’s link, and will then automatically check for new stuff from your chosen websites.  Firefox provides RSS Aggregation through it’s Live Bookmarks feature, which you can learn to use here.  My personal reader of choice is Google Reader.  Check it out at reader.google.com.  When you first visit the site, you will be shown a friendly video which explains how to use Google Reader (you will need an account to sign in, accounts are free).  I really like using Google Reader.  Since it is an online service, I can keep track of what I have and haven’t already read from anywhere with internet access.  You may feel the same, or you may prefer to use

I would highly recommend using the Firefox web browser to browse the internet.  Get Firefox at www.firefox.com.  Firefox makes it REALLY easy to subscribe to the RSS Feeds of pages you visit.  The website will provide an RSS link, or a button to click ( RSS Feed Icon ) to get the Feed’s address.  Also, Firefox will put an RSS button in the address bar of the browser for websites which have Feeds available, as a shortcut.  Just click the button, or the link, and Firefox will help you complete the process.

Using RSS would be a great way to keep track of my blog!  Clicking any of the RSS Feed Icon icons on this page will let you subscribe to my blog.  You can subscribe to any WordPress Blog by clicking the  “Entries (RSS)” link at the bottom of the blog page.

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2 Responses to “How to use RSS with Google Reader and Firefox”

  1. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  2. omegamormegil Says:

    Great – thanks for letting me know!


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