Just like Bloglines in the last post, Google Reader is a free place to gather all your RSS feeds. And just like Bloglines, the setup is easy. If you already have a Google account, just log in and go to your Accounts page. Reader will be listed. Otherwise, go to www.google.com/reader and choose Create An Account Now. Google will walk you through setting up a free account and you’ll be all set.
Now when you visit a site with an RSS feed, you’ll see the same options I shared in the last post – either the RSS button, the smaller feed buttons, or a text link for an RSS feed. Clicking on any of those will give you the option to save your RSS feed and now you just choose Google rather than Bloglines.
The one difference is that Google will often give you a screen that asks if you want the feed saved to your homepage or Google Reader. So you’ll need to click the button for Reader.
Once you start saving things, your Google Reader page will look like this…
On the left will be the names of your feeds…on the right will be a short summary of each feed so you can choose whether or not this is something you want to click on and go read.
There are many other RSS Feed aggregators available. If you have an AJAX home page (Pageflakes, Netvibes, etc), you can feed them right into that. And there are applications you can download to manage your RSS feeds. And Safari has a built-in aggregator function that will bring your feeds right to your bookmarks. But Bloglines and Google Reader are the most widely used because of their ease of us and the ability to access them from anywhere on any type of computer.