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Published: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:25:20 -0800

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School me on RSS.

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:25:20 -0800

It has, ahem, belatedly come to my attention that I have neglected to engage with what seems to be the cornerstone of Internetlandia for many web travelers: the RSS reader. I am interested in getting in on this party, since I currently rely on the Chrome bookmarks bar and I know I'm leaving lots of stones unturned given the bookmarks bar space constraints. I understand that RSS readers are blog? news? website? thread-within-website? aggregators that enable you to look at everything you want to look at in a feed. That is where my CLEARLY SUPER EXTENSIVE knowledge taps out, and Google search results are clogged with 1. articles decrying the demise of Google Reader and 2. articles about things promising to replicate the Google Reader experience.

So: Why do I want an RSS reader? What do I want in an RSS reader? Is this an in-browser thing, or a client? Are there best practices for setting one up? I've got a Macbook Pro, an iPhone, and an iPad - can I integrate across all three devices?

I feel like I'm stepping out of some sort of intellectual closet here. Help!

Is there really no ipad rss reader app with pinterest access?

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:35:35 -0800

All the reader apps I've found don't have pinterest support, and the pinterest app browser is a super cumbersome way to use google reader, as is safari for ipad. The only workaround I've found is to copy the web address within the RSS feed of any post I want to pin, then paste that address in either the pinterest app or safari, then pin it, rendering ipad virtually useless for reading blogs. There has to be a better way, right? I got an ipad as a present over the holidays, and was most excited to have a way to flip through my RSS feed (google reader) using an rss app. Mostly, I follow recipe blogs, and like to pin the recipes accessed from the RSS feed onto a pinterest board.

Problem being that all the reader apps I've found (currently using feedly, but read up on all the main candidates) don't open the RSS posts in a web browser with access to the 'pin it' button, or have pinterest support, and the pinterest app browser is a super cumbersome way to use google reader, as is safari for ipad (in which I've bootlegged a pin it button to the bookmarks, ala web instructions). The only workaround I've found is to copy the web address within the RSS feed of any post I want to pin, then paste that address in either the pinterest app or safari, then pin it, rendering ipad virtually useless for reading blogs.

There has to be a better way, right?

Shared RSS Reader for Groups

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:59:47 -0800

I'm looking for something like Google Reader's sharing functionality, but for a group of project collaborators. I'm working with a team of people spread around the world. What would be ideal would be something like Google Reader, but rather than Google's "share with everyone" settings, have a means by which everyone in the group could share content and comments with each other.

I realize that you technically can do this with Google Reader, but unless I'm missing something, it would be pretty convoluted. It would involve every member adding every other member as a contact and putting them together in a folder. I'd much rather have a Google Groups-type functionality, in which I could be in charge of adding members, rather than making each member do that.

Any ideas? Thanks a lot.

HTML markup appearing in RSS feeds?

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 09:40:45 -0800

How to prevent HTML markup from appearing in my RSS feeds? I'm being driven absolutely mad by several RSS feeds (which I view through Google Reader) that contain HTML markup. Some feeds are affected, others not at all. It's pretty bad on the Best of Craigslist feed, but it happens on others as well.

Screenshot here.

Is there anything I can do about this? Bonus points if the answer isn't "stop using Google Reader."

Best rss reader for flickr feeds?

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:27:44 -0800

What is the best rss reader for subscribing to flickr tags on a mac? Basically, I'm looking for an rss reader that will download all pictures from an rss flickr feed automatically, not just the picture title. I currently use NetNewsWire, a perfectly great rss reader otherwise.

One RSS Reader to Rule Them All

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 11:28:50 -0800

What web-based RSS reader can I use for multiple people to access the same account at the same time? I have a group of about a dozen people who need to read a large number of posts from a variety of sources. But they don't all need to read each item--it's enough that any person in the group read has read each item.

At the moment, we have a lot of duplication of effort, because we all have the same sources, but no way to tell which ones other people in the group have already read.

We can easily have the sources set up as RSS feeds (though they aren't currently), and my thought is to get the group a single web-based RSS reader account that we could all log into as needed. Anything that showed up in the RSS readers as new is something that no one in the group has checked. Anything that shows up as read is something someone else has checked -- you can read it if you want, but you don't have to. The minor duplication that would happen between refreshes if two people were actively reading the feeds at the same time would likely not be an issue.

The obvious thought is Google Reader--except that it's what I use for my normal, every day feed reading (you know, for AskMe and such) and I don't want to have to log out and log back in as the group account or use a different browser to separate my group feed from the personal stuff.

Are there other web based RSS readers that are as easy to work with as Google? Any in particular that you suggest for something like this? I'm admittedly relatively new to the whole RSS thing, having just bothered to start using a reader in the last couple of months, so I'm not sure what other options there are.

I looked at the info on Bloglines, for example, but it says it only polls for updates hourly, which is probably not often enough -- while Google seems to poll for updates whenever you hit 'refresh' which would be much better.

Note: For this question, 'That's not what you want to do at all, this is what you really want to do...' answers are specifically welcome. If you've got a better idea on how a group can share read/unread marking on RSS feeds, I'm open to hearing it.

I have no good news

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:38:17 -0800

Awhile ago I found a link to an RSS reader called Good News on this site. It was fun while I had it, but thanks to a reformat due to overly gregarious bluescreens, I lost the installer. It's one of those independent open source thingers with an address buried deep on a personal website, if I remember right, and its name is making it impossible to search for. Could anyone help me find it again?

Really, REALLY Simple Syndication

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 07:48:26 -0800

Help me find an ideal desktop RSS reader. I've been using Mozilla Thunderbird to handle my RSS feeds for a while now, but I've switched to Portable Thunderbird, and trying to use the RSS functionality makes the program run extremely slow. So now I'm in the market for a new RSS reader.

The most standard feature that I need, aside from the normal stuff, is the ability for the program to recognize feeds that I've read from another computer. If I mark all the feeds as read (or delete them) at my work computer, I want to be able to get home and only monitor new feeds. The reason I want desktop functionality is that I want it to be able to run all day without needing to keep a browser window open. I'd like to just be able to minimize it to the tray and notify me when there's new content to read.

Does this kind of program exist?

RSS reader needed to fight procrastination!

Fri, 26 May 2006 03:00:42 -0800

What is the right RSS notifier for me? I don't know a lot about RSS, but have decided to have a dabble with it in the hope that it will stop me spending unneccesary time on the internet.

My ideal reader (correct terminology?) would work like this:

Desktop-based, not browser. I add a bunch of blogs etc to it, and when someone posts a new entry it pops up a notification (like the gmail notifier) telling me, and preferably can be configured to make a sound as well. I can then double click on the notification and have it open the blog in a browser window. If I'm away from my computer for a while and miss notifications, there would be something visible alerting me to them (like gmail notifier) and I could click that and see the list of new posts.

What I do not want is a reader which displays the text of the post in an email-like view - I want to read it in context on the initial page.

I've tried using this one but it doesn't seem to work very well - it continually notifies me of posts posted ages ago that I have already seen, making it impossible to know when a new entry has been posted. Also, it doesn't seem to have the option of a sound alert.

I'm running Windows XP, and although a free program would be preferable I would be willing to pay a bit if necessary. User-friendliness is a big bonus as I don't totally understand all of the techincal speak.


(And before anyone says anything, yes I have read every single ask.mefi post tagged with RSS, and none of the readers mentioned in response seem to be what I want. If you disagree however, feel free to post it here.)

What's a good program for receiving/reading XML feeds?

Fri, 29 Oct 2004 00:02:30 -0800

XML/RSS: I'm completely ignorant here. What's a good program for receiving/reading XML feeds? (Not even sure that I want/need to do this, but I feel like trying it out. Like I said, I don't know what I'm doing.) Google turned up a lot of stuff, but I have as much understanding of this stuff as my 80-year-old grandmother. was not kind to me either.

RSS Readers

Wed, 11 Aug 2004 04:59:53 -0800

Which somewhat mature, moderately used RSS readers are under the most active development? There's kind of an "at least" somewhat implied in there :-)