I’m On An RSS Diet

At the weekend I did something I’ve been threatening to do for a long time – move all my RSS feeds (live bookmarks) from my Firefox bookmark toolbar into Google Reader.

Now, I don’t know whats going on in the world.

Or if I do I’m about three days behind in the times.

I figure Google Reader is a safe bet for me hopping between four computers daily with different feeds sitting on each toolbar – log in with your gMail address, fire in your feeds and start reading. If you haven’t already tried it I suggest giving it a go (Google Reader that is). The hard part for me at this point is keeping up. During the day I would flick through ALL the feeds on the toolbar to see what the recent headlines were – something new, I’d jump in or if it didn’t grab my attention I’d skip it. But I’m a toolbar RSS addict – I’d do this one thing countless times during the day, a process that might take me all of 30 seconds but nevertheless a big distraction. So, I put myself on the RSS diet.

Four machines, four fresh looking Firefox toolbars, not a hint of a live bookmark in sight.

Of course if I miss checking in on feeds in the evening (as has happened twice this week) you wind up with someone going “Did you see what X blogger is after doing… Jesus….”.

No, I didn’t.



  1. Pat Phelan June 7, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Great move Ken
    It took me a few days to get comfortable with it but I have never looked back.

  2. Ken McGuire June 7, 2007 at 9:58 am

    It means one less distraction in work if anything but you’re right, its taking a few days to get comfortable with but I’m enjoying the late night reads when I get the chance, like sitting down with the newspaper – so much to catch up on!

  3. Robin Blandford June 7, 2007 at 11:11 am


    Check out the official Delicious bookmark toolbar. I now bookmark direct from browser and tag, todo, towatch, toresearch, etc… this way my bookmarks replicate between all my computers work, dublin, macbook, windows laptop etc..

  4. Ken McGuire June 7, 2007 at 11:49 am

    I think I tried that as well but wasn’t fond of the initial – ‘hey, we’re hijacking your toolbar’ thing… With the feeds gone from the toolbar though I might be a little more friendly towards it 🙂

  5. Ray June 7, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Have to say im still a great fan of how Safari handles RSS feeds and puts the number of updates in Brackets beside the title of the feed in the toolbar. Its great because i have my feeds in catagorised in different toolbar folders and when i see an update i have a peak other than that il leave em alone. I think i have this one down under breakfast reading!!

  6. Ken McGuire June 7, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Breakfast reading eh? Not bad! kenmc.com and a glass of orange juice to go, thanks.

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