Feed Me Seymour
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Do you have too many RSS feeds?
Do you not have enough time to read the RSS feeds that you do have?
Do you feel overwhelmed every time you open your RSS reader or Google Reader and think to yourself, “Life is too short to be this overwhelmed!”
Well, ladies and germs, have I stumbled upon a solution looking for this particular problem, called “Feedly.”
Feedly is a Firefox plug-in that turns all those multiple RSS feeds and Twitterstreams into your own personal online newspaper.
First, some dependencies: You need to use Firefox, as well as Google Reader and/or Twitter.
Why somebody didn’t think of this sooner I’m not sure, but it’s definitely an idea whose time has come.
I have been keeping an eye out for a tool like this for some time. All those RSS feeds piling up in Google Reader and NetNewsWire, and no simple interface by which to scan them all.
It felt like constant information overload.
And then just yesterday afternoon my longtime ibm.com amigo Kapil Tweeted about Feedly and I had to check it out.
Once you’ve downloaded the plug-in, and entered your Google account information, Feedly simply grabs all your various feeds and pulls them into a newspaper like digest (in fact, they call it “MyDigest.”)
It provides an easy-to-scan view of all your feeds, pulling out pictures and captions to highlight along the way.
It also allows you to highlight feeds using a star (not unlike Google Reader), so those you want to prioritize come closer to the top.
But, you can get into the long tail of your feeds as well by going deeper into the pages of “your” digest (kind of like going deeper into the Google results pages).
If you’re a Firefox and Google Reader user, this one’s a no brainer.