UPDATE 14 March '13: People are complaining all over the world - petitions have sprung up! sign this on on Change.org - in the first day more than 27,000 people have.
UPDATE 15 March '13: 93,000+ signed the petition. Google holding out and insisting they will not change
I'M SHATTERED! Google have announced that Reader will be shut down on 1 July 2013. Many years of happy reading have been thwarted by Reader's lack of advertising.
As soon as I work out my replacement, I'll let you know. You might as well ignore this post.
I was at my Zonta Area Workshop yesterday (big YAY! to Area Director Rae who broke tradition with an innovative agenda based on social media) - AND..
.. was saying how my target audience for Mrs. Banks is not really the internet-addicted, blog reading, kitten adoring, couch potato I have become.
and then the realisation hit.
|I could make it easier for everyone!|
You set up one "reader" website that lists all the blogs you want to follow - on that one page - and it has a viewing panel so that you read the blog posts in that one reader page.
RSS is wonderful because:
- You can see lots of different sites in one reader
- The reader is dynamic and tells you when there is new content
- All your favourite and frequently visited sites are displayed in one list - no need to remember URLs or go searching
- It is dead set easy to start.
This is what it looks like:
It tells me when there are new posts I am yet to read
|I no longer have anything better to do, but read all these blog posts!|
Create a Google account
If you have an existing Google account you don't have to do anything- SKIP THIS STEP - YAY!
Go to your favourite website - Mrs. Banks, right? Look for the RSS feed subscribe button and CLICK IT!
Find this orange button - top right hand side on Mrs Banks - scroll back up!
You hopefully get something like this:
|It takes longer to read this post than it does to set up a RSS feed reader.|
Bookmark the link to your new Reader in your browser favourites. We all use different browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera - so it will be slightly different in each browser BUT ALL HAVE A FAVOURITES LIST
|Create a one-click link to your new reader page in your Favourites for super-easy-fast access|
And that's all you do.
When you want to add a new blog, just do the same thing: click on the orange RSS button on the chosen blog, and in less than 10 seconds the blog will be in your reader. It is SOOO EASY!
One last hint: remember this is a READER - you can view the post but you can't interact with the post, say leaving a comment. Click on the post title and it will open the actual blog site, in a new window, and then you can leave a comment on the post and see the whole blog site.
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