I read a lot of blogs and news websites and I use an RSS reader to quickly browse through all the posts and articles without having to go to each website.
What is RSS? It’s a data file format containing a website’s posts or articles. A website’s RSS file is automatically updated every time the website publishes new content. RSS files aren’t meant to be read by human eyes. You need an RSS reader, which will format the data into articles that you can read. RSS readers also let you subscribe to RSS files, sort the posts by date or by source, search your entire blog feed, and more.
There are many different RSS readers available. Some are standalone apps, others are web-based. My favorite RSS reader was Google Reader, but Google killed it last year. I switched to a web-based RSS reader called Feedly and for the past year I’ve been using it to read my 300 or so RSS subscriptions. I now like it more than Google Reader. It loads images quickly, and like Google Reader, I can plow through post after post by tapping the “j” key.
Feedly is free, but they offer a premium version for $5 a month that lets you quickly save posts to Evernote or Pocket, and do a few other things. I’m happy with the freemium version.
How to subscribe to a website’s RSS file: Most sites have an RSS link. It usually says “subscribe to this blog” or it’s an icon that looks like radio waves (Cool Tools’ feed icon is on the left column next to the word FEEDS.) In Feedly, you can just enter a website’s URL into the “search or add feed” field and it will find the RSS file for you.