The death of the RSS Feed has been exaggerated–at least in my world.
The first thing I do every morning after I grab my phone to stop that annoying alarm from chiming is check my feed. It’s my way of catching up with all that happened in the world while I was sleeping. It also gives me a chance to wake up while consuming an array of news and information. It’s nerdiness at its best, all from the comfort of my bed.
Not only is my news aggregator the first thing I read in the morning, it often also is the last thing I read at night. I tend to scan its offerings at least twice a day because it brings all of my favorite sites to one place, keeping me from clicking all around the Internet to read.
It’s really the perfect mixture of news, information and entertainment.
It’s also the way I spend most of my time on my mobile phone. I’ve always been an avid reader, and my RSS feed allows me to read on topics I enjoy until my eyes are blurry.
I, like many of you, experienced a sense of loss when Google canceled its Reader in July. I loved Google Reader and wasn’t sure what I would use to replace it. I quickly found a lot of discussion about Feedly and its benefits, causing me to migrate there.
I like Feedly because of its visual appeal. You can get started on Feedly here. Feedly will launch a welcome tutorial to walk you through finding and setting up your feeds. To add sources, you can click on the “add sources” or “+ icon” at the top of the page. You can search for new sources by keyword, URL or category. You also can click “organize feeds” to rename categories, delete sources, and organize feeds. And, of course, the settings allow you to change the look of your feed, making it best suit your personal and organizational tastes.
While I was sad to lose Google Reader, I find myself warming nicely to Feedly. I’m almost glad I was forced to make the change, if just for design only. I hope you’ll set up and enjoy your RSS Feed as much as I enjoy mine. I wish I had the option of browsing that many sources of information at my fingertips when I was a college student.