In one of those weird synchronicity things, I’ve been spotting questions about RSS feeds and readers all over the place lately, and have been asked directly a few times.
If you already have the 411, scroll on by. If you don’t, here’s Google Reader and here’s a Tour of da Reader. Also, the obligatory Wikipedia entry thereon. Yes, there are other aggregators out there, but if you can type you can search for yourself — besides which I’ve only ever used Google Reader and I’m comfortable with it. It took me about 18 seconds to set up the first time, 2 seconds to figure out how it works, and no time at all to start adding feeds. READING the 75 bloody feeds I have now is another matter. I also have no idea about starred items, shared stuff, friends, all that kind of crap — I have no friends and I don’t share!
One other thing I discovered not long ago (since I only discovered RSS feeds/readers myself about 10 weeks ago (noob!)) is that your favourite blog, forum, whatever doesn’t have to have an RSS feed button-clicky-linky-thingy. No indeed. All you need to do is copy the URL of the place you want a feed from, hit Google Reader, and paste the URL into the handy-dandy Add Subscription box.