How many articles do you read a day via the internet? Do you generally visit many sites? Have you ever thought about using the Google reader?
Why would anyone want a Google reader?
Well, lets start with the main reason I like it. It is free. I hate paying for my downloads. So free was the perfect choice for me.
It also allows you to scan the headlines on a number of different pages at once, from one page. That means you can save time. I love saving time. Don’t you?
It is also easy to install and use. Believe me, if I can do it, you can do it. Here is the simple steps are installing the reader.
1. Go to www.google.com/reader and open an account.
2. Follow the instructions. If you have a goggle account all ready, you will just have to verify your email and your password.
If you don’t have an account you will have to add a real email address (yes, they will send you a verification email that you will have to click on before you can use the tool) add a password and your location. You will then have to verify a word (to make sure you are a human). Click the I accept button. Go to your email account and verify your email account by clicking on the link in the email. Once verified your reader will open.
3. Now the reader is open and the fun part begins. If you want, you have the opportunity to go through a 30 second video that will explain the reader in detail. Just click the play button.
After you are finished with the video, click the add subscriptions button. This is how you will get to add all those favorite pages that you read throughout the web.
4. You can choose bundles if you wish such as news, sports, etc. But I like a variety of pages. For this reason, I choose to enter each page individually myself. To do this, type in the RSS feed you are searching. For instance, if you want to subscribe to Associated Content type in Associated Content. A list of different listings for Associated Content appears. Click on the one that actually shows their live RSS feeds (which gives you their current headline articles). Once you find the feed you want, you click the subscribe the button. Now you should add the subscription to a folder choice. Click new folder, give it a name such as Article Submission Site.
Continue this procedure with each feed you want to subscribe.
Once everything is set up, you should become familiar with how the reader works. Hit the home button and you will see the first three topics under each of your feeds, in chronological order.
Click the all button and you will see each article as it is submitted.
After reading an article, you can save it by clicking the star button. You can also share your starred (saved) articles for others to read.
You can also email the heading and summary of any article you think a friend may be interested in reading.
There are a few more features to the Google reader that you also may love. The above mentioned were the ones I found to be the most interesting and most needed.
Remember if you want to give this reader a try, it is free and can be found at www.google.com/reader