Setting up Google Reader

How do you manage what blogs and websites you read on a daily basis? I remember bookmarking a lot of personal websites and blogs back in the day and setting up folders for “dailies” and other resources. While RSS feeds and social bookmarking have become increasingly popular in recent years, for me they never fully replaced my “old” methods and habits of saving bookmarks in my browser.

Google Reader is a tool that I’ve been using a lot at work, and it has (finally) started to streamline my process for accessing favorite websites and keeping up on the news. Unlike bookmarks, which are stored on the browser on the computer they are saved to, and social bookmarking, which needs to be updated on a frequent basis and can’t be used for various applications, Google Reader can monitor various things in one convenient place online and updates automatically. It is by no means a new tool, but it is an extremely useful one once you know how to use it. Here’s an overview of how you can use it to follow through RSS.

If you have a Google account, you automatically have access to Google Reader! Go to and login with your Google account information.

See the blue and grey button near the top of the page on the left side where it says “Add a subscription”? Click on that and a text box will appear. Type in (or copy and paste) or and click the grey button that says Add. That’s it! In a few minutes and up to 24 hours you should start recieving the latest and greatest from, available as soon as it is posted.

To follow Twitter accounts, Facebook fan pages and other social media pages, you can follow the same technique, substituting the URL above for the URL of the account you would like to follow. Notice that I typed in @athraxxx, my Twitter username, to see what popped up. Conveniently, it’s at the top of the list, but I could have also typed in the url, to achieve the same goal.

If you are interested in business topics, like I am, you’ll see that I am keeping track of quite a few things in the screen shot above which appear when I login on the left hand side in different folders. These alerts for specific topics and keywords are added through Google Alerts, a separate free service that sends articles to your Google Reader window or email inbox directly. Want to learn more? Check back soon for tips on setting up Google Alerts and keeping organized with Google Reader.

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  1. I read this post on Google Reader, so I can attest to its usefulness. It’s especially handy for blogs that don’t post often that you still want to keep up with (in case they suddenly post again).

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