I’m continuing to experiment with Google Reader as an alternative to Bloglines for subscribing, scanning and reading blog posts. One of the main things I’ve missed about using Google Reader has been the absence of a “browser button” to subscribe with a couple clicks to a blog’s web feed. (Bloglines calls these “easy subscribe” buttons.)
Well, apparently the good folks on the development team at Google Reader have created just such a link! (At least this worked for me using the Safari web browser on my Mac.) This should make the process of subscribing to new blogs with Google Reader in Safari much easier. I learned about this by searching for the word “subscribe” on the official Google Reader blog. The main disadvantage I see to this link is that it automatically subscribes to the first web feed available on the blog site, rather than letting you choose from a list like Bloglines does. I generally choose the first feed option anyway, so perhaps this isn’t a big deal.
I alternate between Safari and the Firefox web browser when I’m on my Macbook, however, so I was also glad to learn tonight I can change the Firefox preferences to subscribe to a web feed with Google Reader by default when I click on one. Nice!
This works with FireFox on all platforms, btw. For detailed instructions on subscribing, reading, starring and sharing web feeds with Google Reader, check out my new workshop curriculum page on those subjects. (I also address subscribing with Internet Explorer 7 for Windows.)
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On this day..
- The Evolution of BYOD for our Church Session - 2014
- Expand your Constellation Knowledge with Star Walk for iPhone - 2012
- Shifting from Writing to Videography - 2011
- The Doritos Tablet - an iPad YouTube Spoof - 2010
- Visually summarizing ideas with Sean Griffin - 2009
- Live from the OK State Superintendent's Dropout Summit - 2009
- Twitter follower bio word clouds - 2009
- Web 2.0 in the Enterprise - 2008
- Offline QuickTime Versions of "Growing Up Online" videos - 2008
- SITE Fireside skypecast - 2007