Feed Reading (for CITS 220)
@tillila, I tend to think of my feed reader differently than things like email in so much as I don’t feel like I have to read everything I’m subscribed to. When I have time open up my reader, I read. When I don’t, I just let that news/info pass by. Things that are higher priority I still direct through email or SMS so I don’t miss it.
Think of the water analogy. In your house you don’t fill all of your glasses and containers with the water coming into your pipes. You turn on the faucet only when you need water. When you get what you need, you turn it off and the water keeps on flowing by until you need more. Its always there, but there isn’t any reason to capture every drop.
Response by iconolith
I am starting to understand feed reading, in a way it is easier than looking at sites, but it feels soo cluttered n I don’t have time to scroll through the enormous amounts of info I get daily. I have not used readers before. The only question I would have is how to reduce the amounts of info I get on the reader each day.
Further Comment by Julie Engfer
I have been a little overwhelmed by the amount of articles that are showing up in my Google Reader. I know that I want to subscribe to many blogs and news papers, however, I am really only interested in specific subjects for projects I may be working on.
Google has yet to add a feature like this to reader but is working on it. Basically, a search “engine” or filter feature that sifts out articles that contain key words or tags. So I am going to install the FeedRinse. This is a reader that will filter out the stuff I don’t want. I have decided to continue to use Google Reader since I like my igoogle page with all my gadgets in one place. However, I am going to push my reader list through the FeedRinse before I read. I have not yet completed the set up (something I need to take some time with). However, after reading through the tour I have linked-to in this blog, I believe that I can upload my reader list with an OPML file from Google Reader to FeedRinse and then simply subscribe to my FeedRinse list with my Google Reader. I can then add an icon on my tool bar to add new rss feeds to my FeedRinse and the filtered articles will come to my Google Reader already sorted out. This is what I have been searching for ever since I set up Reader.
Okay, I subscirbed to FeedRinse. It was super fast and easy. I went to my google reader settings area and chose the import/export tab. I exported my OPML file and saved it on my computer. I went over to FeedRinse and imported my OPML file. Once the list populated I set up a number of search criteria. (For example I subscribe to several news papers that were polluting my Google Reader files with tons of articles. I told the filter I only wanted to see articles that contain the words Arctic Winter Games or AWG.)
Once I was satisfied with my filters I exported the OPML file from FeedRinse and saved it to my computer. I went back to Google Reader Settings Import/Export tab and imported my FeedRinse OPML file. The “rinsed” articles showed up in my Google Reader subscription area with an * next to them indicating that they had been rinsed.
This tool is going to prove to be very valuable until Google comes up with their own solution.