Google Reader Mobile Updated

Google Reader on the iPhoneI logged into Google Reader on my iPhone today and noticed a much cleaner interface. At the top of the page you now have large finger-friendly buttons for All Items, Feeds, and Tags. So now it’s quick and easy to get to a list of your feeds, or a list of your tags that organize your feeds into groups.

I don’t remember if these buttons were around before, but I noticed very easy-to-use Share and Star buttons in the lower right of each post. This is especially great to me because I use share to push posts to my shared items bar on the right hand side of this site.

My life is in my RSS reader, so I’m really happy to see continued improvements in Google’s mobile interface.

Read about all of the changes made (many I didn’t mention here) at the Google Reader Blog 

Google Reader Search!

I really haven’t had enough sleep lately… I don’t know how I missed this before. The biggest feature that was added to Google Reader is search! (Finally!) You can narrow searches down by folder, and even specific feed.

There are also some GUI changes, such as being able to hide the left navigation bar with a little arrow, or by hitting U. The screen space will be a welcome addition for when I’m reading through my feeds on my 1024×768 resolution 12″ Powerbook.

Getting Started with Google Reader

I’m constantly talking to my friends about the advantages of using RSS to get your information on the web. I was thinking about writing up a blog post outlining the services and steps to take advantage of RSS, but not 5 minutes after having that thought, I came across a lifehack.org article (in my Google Reader) that does just that.

One of the core technologies behind the Web 2.0 “revolution” is RSS (Really Simple Syndication). Most websites that are updated with any sort of regularity have feeds of at least their headlines, and usually of full articles. Some sites also have secondary feeds listing their comments, videos, links, and other updates as well.

Because RSS is so common these days, keeping up with the rush of information that shapes our lives has become pretty easy (”really simple”, even). Instead of jumping from one site to another, you can keep track of all the content of the sites you visit regularly in one central place.

Link: How to Get Started With Google Reader at Lifehack.org

RSS feed of Drupal Modules

Big thanks to Adrian over at 90% Crud for making this RSS feed that lists new Drupal Modules: http://feeds.feedburner.com/drupalmodules

In his words:

There’s plenty of information about Drupal modules that make RSS, but it’s hard to find something about getting the module list in RSS. I’m sure the capitalized Semantic Web will make that easy, but until that happens I guess I’ll just have to roll my own.

So I set up an RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/drupalmodules. I scrape the page once a day (technically once a night in EDT, once an early morning in UTC, once a…) and make a fresh new RSS feed. If you know of any Drupal users/developers, you might want to let them know.

The post is pretty old, and there’s a comment from a Drupal developer saying that RSS feeds of new modules will be around in Drupal 4.7 (current version is 5.1) so this may be a mute issue right now. However, the Drupal.org site is down right now, and the RSS feed seems to still be current, so I don’t see any issue in using it.

"Why do you care about RSS?"

Download Squad has posted great article talking about what RSS is, and why you should care.

We don’t visit CNN once or twice a day to keep up with instant news anymore; rather, it’s accomplished using RSS feeds effectively. RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is the brainchild of Dave Winer, (and maybe others), who claims it was never invented .

Simply, RSS is digital content (words, mostly, but audio and video, too) that picks up the new posts (by bloggers, news organizations, and more) and with a feedreader (like Google’s Reader with its famous j, j, j keys – see more choices below), you can see which sites have updated content. With Google, you browse to the page and once you set it up with your favorite feeds, you can read new stuff from a computer, PDA, or smartphone. Once it’s working, you, too, can enjoy breaking news if you look at it once in a while (which is one reason I have 3 monitors). There’s a reader for every operating system, PC, Mac, PDA and smartphones included.

Read the full post

RSS and related XML technologies have already changed the way the web works behind the scenes, and it can also change the way you use it as an individual. I highly recommend that you give the article a read, because the information within will help you keep more informed and up to date with what’s important to you, in much less time.

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