What is Feedspot?Feedspot is a Modern RSS Reader. If you’re trying to keep up with news and content on multiple web sites, you’re faced with the never ending task of visiting those sites to check for new content. Feedspot allows you to put all of your reading in one location.
Read on to learn about Feedspot and how it can deliver the content right to your digital doorstep.
How can i benefit from using Feedspot?
In many ways, content on the internet is beautifully linked together and accessible, but despite the interconnectivity of it all we still frequently find ourselves visiting this site, then that site, then another site, all in an effort to check for updates and get the content we want. That’s not particular efficient and there’s a much better way to go about it.
Imagine if you are in a simple hypothetical situation. You’re a fan of a web comic, a few tech sites, an infrequently updated but excellent blog about an obscure music genre you’re a fan of, and you like to keep an eye on announcements from your favorite video game vendor.
If you rely on manually visiting all those sites—and, let’s be honest, our hypothetical example has a scant half-dozen sites while the average person would have many, many, more—then you’re either going to be wasting a lot of time checking the sites every day for new content or you’re going to be missing out on content as you either forget to visit the sites or find the content after it’s not as useful or relevant to you.
RSS can break you free from that cycle of either over-checking or under-finding content by delivering the content to you as it is published. Let’s take a look at what RSS is how it can help.
An Introduction to RSS
RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary (or Really Simple Syndication), is a technology used on websites to allow readers to subscribe to the latest content available. This stream of new information is called an RSS feed. To subscribe to an RSS feed, you must use an RSS reader.
Here’s the definitions you’ll need to understand:
- RSS – Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication
- RSS feed – A stream of new content that is posted on a website (new articles or blog posts, for instance)
- RSS reader (or feed reader) – The tool that website and blog readers use to suscribe to and read an RSS feed
Subscribe to your first RSS feed
In Feedspot, there is a red ‘Add New Site’ button in the left sidebar. Click this button. A box will pop up that says “Search or Enter a URL” Do not worry if you do not know the feed URL – Feedspot is pretty smart and can automatically find the feed URL for most domains. Just enter the normal URL of the website you’d like to receive updates from. After you have entered the URL, click the ‘Add’ button.
If Feedspot has successfully discovered the RSS feed, it will refresh with the content of the feed in the right column. In the left column, the title of the site or feed should be added.
What if Feedspot doesn’t find the feed?
In rare cases, Feedspot may not find the feed you are looking for. Or, perhaps, you don’t want every update from the site, but just the updates from a particular category. In these scenarios, you will need to find the direct URL to the RSS feed. Here’s how to do that:
1. Look for the RSS icon
Many blogs and websites use an orange icon to link to their RSS feed. It will probably look something like this (though typically smaller):
Find this icon and click on it. It will take you to the raw RSS feed that looks similar to this:
If the website has an RSS feed provided by a third-party service, you may also land on a formatted page that you can read. Either one is fine; but be prepared to see code like I’ve posted above.
2. Copy the feed URL
When you find the RSS feed, copy the URL from the address bar of your browser window. Here are two examples of feed URLs:
3. Paste the URL in the ‘Add New Site’ box in Feedspot
As in our previous step, paste the direct feed URL into the ‘Add New Site’ box in Feedspot. Feedspot should refresh with the most recent items from the feed URL you entered.
A Few Things to Note
You can subscribe to as many blogs or websites as you wish in Feedspot. However, not every website will offer RSS feeds (though this is fairly uncommon). Also, once you have Feedspot set up, you can access your feeds from your smartphone, tablet or PC. Switch between devices, and pick up wherever you left off.
Using an RSS reader is a great way to increase your productivity. Rather than visiting several websites per day, you can view content from all of them in one place.