Feedreader Accounts

Here are some resources to help with setting up an account in Bloglines, Google Reader or Microsoft Outlook. (See the link at the bottom of this page for additional feedreaders).

Setting up an account in Bloglines:

Helene Blowers from PLCMC has created a short YouTube video on Using Bloglines that walks you through adding a subscription to Bloglines step-by-step.

When you’re ready to give it a try, here’s a link to Bloglines.

Here’s what your Bloglines page will look like once you’ve added some subscriptions to it. This shows a page with subscriptions to krl2pt0 blogs. The titles in bold followed by numbers in parentheses alert you to unread posts in that blog.

Bloglines page

This lets you scan your subscriptions and see in a glance which ones have new content. Click on any title and Bloglines will show you a page with all unread items. From there you can go to the actual website if you wish, or simply stay in Bloglines and read the new items.

Bloglines also lets you keep an RSS feed of a search term. When you click on the search tab at the top of the page you can choose from 4 different types of searches from the drop down menu:

  • Posts
  • Feeds
  • Citations
  • Web

If you enter a search term and select either citations or posts you will see two links on the right hand side of the page:

BloglinesSubSearch.jpg

Click on Bloglines, and your search term will be added to your subscriptions. This will keep you up to date on all new posts or citations about your search term.

Setting up an account in Google Reader:

Here’s a link to Google Reader which has a short introductory video and tour to get you started. Since you already have a Google account, all you have to do is sign in to Google Reader. Once there, you’ll see a button to “Add a Subscription” (or search term). Paste in the URL (or type the search term) you want to subscribe to. It’s that easy!

Setting up an account in Microsoft Outlook:

Finally, here’s a link to a tutorial on setting up your RSS Feeds in Outlook 2007. (All of our computers at work have now been upgraded to this version). The tutorial’s a bit longer than the others (it takes about 15 minutes or so), but it walks you through the entire process and contains hands-on practice examples. You do need to have Outlook 2007 installed to do the hands-on part, but you can view the tutorial without any version of Outlook.

If you want to explore some other readers, many more are listed on Add to Any. One more, specifically for Mac users, is Shrook.

Once you start adding subscriptions to which ever reader you choose, you’ll be able to scan through your feeds in a matter of seconds, and can pick and choose what to read now or save for later. It’s a great way to manage all the new sources of information you find!

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