HOWTO: Using Google Reader Introduction This HOWTO helps new users to effectively use google reader - an online RSS reader. RSS stands for really simple syndication. It is like a customized newspaper. You can subscribe to websites you like, and anytime they are updated, you will see the changes on your RSS feed. HOWTO 1) type in the following URL: http://www.google.com/reader 2) If you have not registered with google, please do so, and then login. 3) If you have registered with google, please login. 4) Note the Google Reader screen The parts of Google Reader - your subscriptions These are your subscriptions They can be individual sites or groups of sites. It's probably a good idea to put your RSS feeds into groups. Notice below an example: You can quickly see how many new sites you've seen since your last visit. Clicking on a expands the view on a group. The parts of Google Reader - main viewing area. This is where you will actually see your websites. You will only see a snippet of the actual news item. Here is an example. On the website Educational Technology and Life there is an article about parental internet safety. To read the full story, simply click on the title of the story. Here's a list of stories from my group of educational_technology! You can see when the story was posted, where it was posted, and a small summary. Note the top of the screen, where you can adjust the viewing preferences. The parts of Google Reader - help area. You have a wide range of keyboard shortcuts available for your use on Google Reader. This makes moving through Reader much easier. Here are some examples of the help section. Very handy. Subscribing to websites Click on the add subscription link. There are a couple of ways to find a site. You can search for a website or copy and paste a feed url (see below for feed url) A range of websites will return, all having the button. Simply click the button to add the site to your list of websites! There are literally hundreds of thousands of different websites...many of the more popular sites are listed in bundles. Click the and check out the bundles.... Managing subscriptions With 10 or 11 subscriptions, things will be relatively simple. But with 100's of subscriptions, things get tricky. On the lower left bottom note the link. Clicking this will take you to your managing subscriptions page! When you click on a website feed, you can do several things: We can assign it a tag (category). We can unsubscribe to the feed. We can remove the feed. Clicking on the Tags tab lets you manage your tags. A tag is the same thing as a category. You can grab groups of tags, which is helpful. The big feature in the "tags" tab is sharing your sites with other people. This can get a little confusing, so here goes... Let's say you have a really good collection of web sites about the history of Pelicans. If you want to, you can share your collection so other people can see your websites. Pretty nifty, huh? The Goodies tab is a way to enhance your google reader. To be honest, I don't see a ton of really insanely good stuff here. Importing and exporting your reader list. This is advanced, but if you want to export your list (maybe to back it up?) you can do it here. Preferences This controls some behavior for reader Pretty self-explainatory.
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