If you have been using Gmail (Google’s web mail), you have probably seen the word Google Reader already (when you’ve got no mail in your Inbox, you will see it), but chances are that you are just like me, who sees it everyday but never actually click on the link they provided. So what exactly is Google Reader and why should I care? In order to answer this question, you have to ask yourself whether you are a person who reads news regularly and want to keep up to date on what is happening all over the world. If you are that kind of person, then you should really consider to give Google Reader a try 🙂
Basically Google Reader is an online RSS manager that lets you carry your RSS wherever you go; you can share your favorite articles with your friends (either by the email or the Share function), and save the ones you like with the favorites function (give them a Star, same as Gmail). By using Google Reader, you don’t have to worry about whether you have missed any important news / events because they are all sitting in your Google Reader and waiting for you to read them when you are free.
Q. What is RSS?
A. (From Wikipedia)RSS (which, in its latest format, stands for “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”, contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually.
Now you’ve got a fair idea of what RSS is and what Google Reader can do, lets give it a try and see whether you like it or not:
Step 1. Open up Firefox, go to Tools -> Options.
Step 2. The Options dialog should come out, just click on the Feeds tab.
Step 3. In the Feeds tab, you can have different ways to manage your feeds.
Step 4. Select the one you want to use (Google Reader in our case), and click on OK.
Step 5. Now go to www.google.com/reader, you will see this page.
Step 6. You can scroll down the page and click on the link to take a tour first.
Step 7. In the subscription section, I got quite a few items because I am using Google Reader for most of the news sites that I visit.
Step 8. When you go to a site that has the RSS icon, you can click on it to subscribe the RSS feed.
Step 9. Some times you will get a list of feeds that you can subscribe to, just choose the one that you mostly likely to read.
Step 10. When you see this page coming up, just click on the ?Add to Google Reader? button so that Google Reader can manage your RSS subscription.
Step 11. This is the item (PC World) that I have just added, the number in the brackets tell you how many headlines you haven’t read.
Step 12. The good thing about Google Reader is that you can share your favourite articles with your friends. (by Share function or email).
Hope you will enjoy using Google Reader 🙂