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manage rss feedsYou may have RSS feeds How RSS Feeds Work In Simple Terms [Technology Explained] How RSS Feeds Work In Simple Terms [Technology Explained] Read More accumulating dust over time, but that unfortunately doesn’t mean the number of unread items will kindly reduce for you. Usually, the feeds (find some interesting ones here Top 8 RSS Feeds For Motivational Quotes of the Day Top 8 RSS Feeds For Motivational Quotes of the Day Read More ) get updated often and increase daily so in order to catch up with the reading, displaying your feeds Enjoy Full-blown, Visual RSS Feeds with Feedlooks Enjoy Full-blown, Visual RSS Feeds with Feedlooks Read More somewhere more accessible or at least, have them come to you may prove useful.

What’s better than showing you your feeds to read right on your desktop? You could benefit from any built-in gadgets that can show you bits of news to help you catch up with unread pieces.

Be Selective With The Feeds You’re Trying To Keep Up With

In order to reduce the number of items to read, you could also narrow down the topics you’re interested in, edit the RSS feed yourself How To Edit Existing RSS Feeds With Yahoo! Pipes How To Edit Existing RSS Feeds With Yahoo! Pipes Read More (unless your favorite blog offers feeds by categories)  to remove items that you’re not going to read or care about anyway. If you want to be in total control of what shows up in your feeds, you can also create your own feeds How To Create An RSS Feed For Your Site From Scratch How To Create An RSS Feed For Your Site From Scratch Read More by learning a bit of code.

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To save yourself some time, there’s Skeedy 2 Online Alternatives to Standard RSS Readers 2 Online Alternatives to Standard RSS Readers Read More , a web-based app that helps you follow your favorite topics, instead of any specific blogs. You could also try your luck with tldr.it How To Summarize a Website & RSS Feeds Easily Using tldr.it How To Summarize a Website & RSS Feeds Easily Using tldr.it Read More , which summarizes long articles or frequently-updated feeds to smaller, more manageable versions.

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Making Your Feeds Come To You (Display Them On Desktop)

If you’re more like me and have a few favorite blogs you’re always looking forward to read but don’t have enough time, consider displaying your feeds on your desktop with gadgets for Windows. While Windows Vista’s sidebar gadgets often left the user with more to be desired, Windows 7’s gadgets have a few additional features. You can make the gadgets a bit bigger, and for the feeds gadget, you can even add and edit the feeds (which I don’t think you could do in Vista).

The list of feeds on the feeds gadget by default are, according to Internet Explorer 7 , the feeds you’ve subscribed to and ones that you might be interested in. In order to add your favorite blogs to the RSS reader gadget in Windows 7, you’ll need to first visit the webpage you wish to see on your desktop (for instance, CNN) in Internet Explorer and subscribe to the feed.

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You can double-check that you’ve added the site by going to Favorites > Feeds. Now, right-click on the desktop and select Gadgets.

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Once the gadgets show up, add the RSS gadget and click on the wrench icon for Options on the side of the gadget.

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You should now have the recently added feed in the drop-down list.

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You can now select how many entries to display and click OK. If you resize the widget, you’ll probably get a better view of the feeds.

The benefit of having a gadget on Windows 7 is that it won’t be too resource-intensive and you don’t need to download anything extra, just a tiny bit of set up in Internet Explorer.

Using additional, third-party RSS feed viewer gadgets include Feed Viewer, Hermes auto-scrolling reader and RSS Reader Plus can be a great idea because they are usually steps above the simple (built-in) RSS reader. With RSS Reader Plus, for instance, you can customize everything in the feed displayed, including fonts, color and sizes.

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It even provides scrolling text, especially useful when you’re trying to get an overhead of everything that’s being expressed. One thing about the RSS Reader Plus is that it’s currently very young so there are typos in the gadget.

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If you prefer full-blown programs, you could benefit from using Feedling Feedling - Read Your Feeds On Your PC Desktop [Windows] Feedling - Read Your Feeds On Your PC Desktop [Windows] Read More , which sticks your feeds on top of your wallpaper, perfect for this purpose (see Timmy’s screenshot above). Don’t forget there are many traditional desktop applications, such as the cross-platform Google Reader app Desktop Google Reader - An Awesome RSS Reader Which Syncs With Google Desktop Google Reader - An Awesome RSS Reader Which Syncs With Google Read More .

How do you manage keeping up with the constant stream of updates from your favorite news sources? Share your tips in the comments!

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    March 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

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  4. Meekjoesof
    February 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm
  5. Meekjoesof
    February 26, 2011 at 12:21 am
  6. Dave
    February 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I use feedburner for my blogs and subscribe to blogs that have it also
    FeedMyInbox.com

  7. Jessica Cam W.
    February 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

    From Feedling's SourceForge page:
    "Clicking on these headlines will open the relevant url in your favourite browser. "

    So yes!

  8. Kevin
    February 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I would not want to clutter up my desktop and consume more of RAM using the Windows sidebar.

    Feedling looks like an interesting option that shows the feeds on the wallpaper. One question is that does it allow us to click the feeds so that the link opens in a web browser?

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

      From Feedling's SourceForge page:
      "Clicking on these headlines will open the relevant url in your favourite browser. "

      So yes!

  9. Will Radie
    February 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Another helpful tip without relying on anything else:

    If your Reader allows you to categorize or put your feeds into folders (specifically being able to give a feed more then one).. Then create an "(Essential Reading)" folder/category. Parenthesis added to put it at the top of an alphabetical list.

    Next is decision time. Which feeds will earn the honors?

    For example, I follow about 15 different tech-ish sites, but only MakeuseOf, LifeHacker and DownloadSquad make my Essentials list.

    I now find that I always get through my essentials List and then if i have time, I start poking around. This has helped immensely.

    Also if you use Google Alerts, choose to send them to Reader and add them to this list., this allows for easy scanning and also easy searching of Google Alert links... Way better then getting them in email for me... Just remember to delete them when you turn them off.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

      Thank you for your feedback! The Google Alerts tip seems especially interesting.

    • Aibek
      February 28, 2011 at 6:10 am

      thanks for the tips!

  10. Kevin
    February 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I would not want to clutter up my desktop and consume more of RAM using the Windows sidebar.

    Feedling looks like an interesting option that shows the feeds on the wallpaper. One question is that does it allow us to click the feeds so that the link opens in a web browser?

  11. Will Radie
    February 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Another helpful tip without relying on anything else:

    If your Reader allows you to categorize or put your feeds into folders (specifically being able to give a feed more then one).. Then create an "(Essential Reading)" folder/category. Parenthesis added to put it at the top of an alphabetical list.

    Next is decision time. Which feeds will earn the honors?

    For example, I follow about 15 different tech-ish sites, but only MakeuseOf, LifeHacker and DownloadSquad make my Essentials list.

    I now find that I always get through my essentials List and then if i have time, I start poking around. This has helped immensely.

    Also if you use Google Alerts, choose to send them to Reader and add them to this list., this allows for easy scanning and also easy searching of Google Alert links... Way better then getting them in email for me... Just remember to delete them when you turn them off.

  12. Don Hazelwood
    February 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I use GoogleReader as a place to, for the lack of a better term, triage my feeds. From GoogleReader I'll email articles, share them or send them to Instapaper for later reading.

    • Will Radie
      February 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Ha... I do the same thing.. except I use Read It Later (I dig the fact it adds a button on each feed to add to the list).

  13. Paul
    February 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Try using Feedly (http://www.feedly.com) it uses your Google Reader as source, and is easy to use. You can make your own categories (magazines), and you can easily hide/remove old feeds.

  14. Paul
    February 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Try using Feedly (http://www.feedly.com) it uses your Google Reader as source, and is easy to use. You can make your own categories (magazines), and you can easily hide/remove old feeds.

  15. Anonymous
    February 24, 2011 at 5:10 am

    RSS Reader Plus link is 404.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

      Thank you for noticing that! It's so strange that the page's not available anymore since it was there last week. Anyone interested in RSS reader gadgets can also check out the alternative Hermes.

  16. Que
    February 24, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I've tried a couple of solutions with varying degrees of satisfaction, including:

    1. Snackr - scrolling desktop feed headline reader
    2. Rss Ticker - firefox addon
    3. Rss Sidebar - firefox addon

  17. Dave
    February 24, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I gave up on RSS (Google reader), I get a few feeds in email instead.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 24, 2011 at 4:14 am

      RSS-to-email services can definitely be time-saving goodies. I really like using BlogTrottr.com, and Gmail's Multiple Inboxes feature so I don't have to hunt the updates but instead, they come to my inbox.

      • Dave
        February 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

        I use feedburner for my blogs and subscribe to blogs that have it also
        FeedMyInbox.com

  18. Jessica Cam W.
    February 24, 2011 at 5:14 am

    RSS-to-email services can definitely be time-saving goodies. I really like using BlogTrottr.com, and Gmail's Multiple Inboxes feature so I don't have to hunt the updates but instead, they come to my inbox.

  19. Que
    February 24, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I've tried a couple of solutions with varying degrees of satisfaction, including:

    1. Snackr - scrolling desktop feed headline reader
    2. Rss Ticker - firefox addon
    3. Rss Sidebar - firefox addon

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