Efficient RSS Usage

Reading blogs and RSS feeds (GameProducer.net RSS feed can be found here – just to remind you) can take a lot of time, and I’m going to share my way on how to read RSS feeds efficiently. This tip is really just for those who subscribe to several RSS feeds and need to figure out the best way to read them. Naturally one can continue reading feeds or visiting sites, but I think there are fast way to find out what needs to be read or not.

These tips are for Mozilla Firefox, but I suppose other Internet browsers and RSS readers can do similar things. The steps are quite simple. I’ve tried to find a fast and easy way to read RSS feeds – and tried numerous RSS readers – and this is so far the nicest solution for me (and it works in browser so I don’t need to install anything new, or launch any new programs when I want to read RSS – I can simply use the browser.)

  • The first step is quite simple: pick the RSS feeds you really are interested in. This is quite basic step – and really doesn’t require much. Those who are new to RSS feeds: basically it means that you click an image (that might look something like this: ) and you can subscribe to the feed. Subscribing to a feed means that you can read the site content using some RSS reader.
  • The second step is: put the RSS feed / live bookmark in a folder. You can create folder in Firefox from “Bookmarks” > “Organize bookmarks” and then by choosing “File” > “New Folder”. You can name the new folder like “RSS” and you should put it under the “toolbar bookmarks”. You should always add new feeds to this RSS folder.
  • After you’ve completed the second step you can quite easily browse the interesting feeds and read the topics you are interested in. If you did it properly, you should have a folder that’s easy to check out for latest news and articles.

Here’s a picture to show you how it should look like:

I’ve found this type of RSS reading to be quite efficient – and easy to use.

Feel free to recommend and tell your tips – if you’ve found an efficient way to handle several RSS feeds.

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. Wow. Nobody mentioned Sage yet? Sweet, simple RSS sidebar plugin for Firefox.

  2. I find using Wizz RSS as a sidebar in Firefox the easiest way for me – I put all the related feeds in a folder to view them all at once. It got me from not using RSS at all to using it daily

  3. I think it’s this line:

    <link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS 2.0″ href=”http://www.gameproducer.net/feed/” />

    Or if that doesn’t work, then it might be one of these
    <link rel=”alternate” type=”text/xml” title=”RSS .92″ href=”http://www.gameproducer.net/feed/rss/” />
    <link rel=”alternate” type=”application/atom+xml” title=”Atom 0.3″ href=”http://www.gameproducer.net/feed/atom/” />

  4. I’ve been trying to implement this feature on my own site but somehow it never shows up in my mozilla firefox adressbar. Could someone please point out to me which code i should use to make it appear there?

  5. As I use Mozilla Thunderbird as my email client, I’ve found it convenient to use it as RSS feed reader too. That way the feeds look just like usenet newsgroups (or mail folders) and you see instantly which ones have new posts.

  6. It’s nice to see how people have different ways to read RSS. I tried using Google (both the customized page and google sidebar) but I didn’t like it. I might try something in the future, but at the moment I’m sticking with what I’ve got. Maybe in the future…

    Feel free to bring more ideas and tell if you have found a good way to handle RSS feeds.

  7. I suggest using Google Reader. Since it’s web-based, you can read the RSS u have subscribed anywhere. If you stick to a browser or software based RSS reader, you can’t carry it anywhere you like. Secondly, the interface is very intuitive and efficient to use, perhaps because it’s AJAX based. It also allows you to group the RSS you subscribed under category or tags you like.

    Try it ;)

  8. I use my Tungsten E2 to read RSS feeds (with AvantGo). That way I don’t have to be sitting at my computer to read them. It’s especially handy when you have to wait for an appointment or have a little bit of time to kill.

    Unfortunately, sites like Gamasutra only give you a snippet of the article so you have to go to their site anyways.

  9. I suggest you try the Opera browser, its feed reader is much better than Firefox’s, it works like an e-mail account, it tells you when there’s new content on each feed and you can read it in text form only, while in Firefox you got to remeber if you already read each feed item.

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