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feedsharing: stuff and people I follow

rss icons feedsharing: stuff and people I follow

Illustration by Matthew Forsythe

As mentioned before, RSS and syndication feeds are super awesome! Today I want to show you, what my rss reader shows me, selected feeds from my feedreader:



  • – newspaper
  • Störungsmelder – ein Blog von über rechtsradikale Aktivitäten in Deutschland
  • – Legende der Blogginlandschaft
  • – Linux News
  • Blog:7 – Fluegel, über dies und jenes, Kunst, Design, Fotografie.
  • Rød Grød med Fløde – Halefa, war mal ne Stufe unter mir und macht auch Fotos
  • – Monis Blog, Geschichten aus dem Alltag, Fotos und mehr
  • Thinking Aloud – Lennarts Blog, Netzgeschichten, grafische Experimente und Privatssphäre
  • Hendrik Krönert – Freizeitfotograf, der öfter mal tolle Shootings und Tipps veröffentlicht
  • Garys Welt – ein Vampir, der seine traurige Geschichte in einer kalten Stadt erzählt
  • Cassandra Darkness – Rollenspiel, Lyrik und gute Musik
  • Olivia von Nimmermehr – Malerei, Zeichnung und Gefühle mit individuellem Stil
  • Flomei – Technik, Programmierung, Fotografie, eines der ältesten Blogs in meiner Liste
  • Julia F. Fotografie – tolle Bilder, Vorbildfunktion, Vielfalt


What to do now?

  1. Download / sign up for a feedreader from here1 here2 or here3
  2. add the feeds of the sites you liked
  3. read what they post when they do and comment icon wink feedsharing: stuff and people I follow they’ll appreciate it!
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RSS reading and how to use it efficiently


feed icon RSS reading and how to use it efficientlyRSS (or atom) Feeds are a really powerful tool to either stay in touch with information you value, get updates real quick and spend less time on getting information you want. About every blog, online gallery or news site has its own feed. Here a quick sum up how to use this efficiently, both as reader and as a publisher (artist, blogger, or if you run a community).

Rss, atom feed = a stream of information divided into different parts like headline, content, attachment.

Aggregator = a synonym for feedreader, program that handles feeds

subscribe = you start reading a newsfeed, like signing up for a newsletter

For readers

Why use this technique in the first place?

Because it saves you time and makes managing your inputs of information easily. You don’t want to visit every site you like, where there could be new content daily. You have a chance that there is no new content and you leave again, without any gain. Further, you don’t have to remember all the places for valuable information around the internet, you just subscribe to the feeds and will be noticed when there is new content to see or read.

How do I use it then?

Many programs support feeds, browsers (like IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome) mail clients (like Thunderbird or Windows Live Mail) or dedicated feed readers (like Shrook for Mac, Liferea and Akregator for Linux or Feedreader for Windows). There are also online services that collect your feeds in your browser window, accessible from everywhere (example: bloglines, google reader, netvibes).

Just look out for this icon: feed icon 14x14 RSS reading and how to use it efficiently it will support you with information or the feed URL from that site. For this blog it is:

Example how to subscribe to a website with Firefox:

subscribe ff 1 RSS reading and how to use it efficiently

subscribe ff 2 RSS reading and how to use it efficiently

subscribe ff 3 RSS reading and how to use it efficiently

For writers

Why you should run a website or use a service (countless, like deviantART, flickr, blogger, blogspot, livejournal, wordpress) that supports feeds is because you reach your readers fast and you have a better chance that people that like what you do will come back or stay in touch through this feed. They might want to subscribe to your feed, but not visit your website manually every day to check if there are updates. If you post content (like photos, poems, blogposts) irregularly it will increase the number of your readers.

How will I know if people use this feature?

Simple: if your sites views go up, minutes after you have submitted new content, people have very probably subscribed to your feed. I see it myself, when I promote new content through links with I have more readers online than clicked the link that lead to the article. These are readers that have subscribed. Another option is to use a service like Feedburner to monitor readers. Also there are plugins for most content management systems that show referrers or count hits on your feed-url.

But I want people to visit the website!

No problem, you can distribute a short summary of the article and not the whole content through the feed, which only gives the user a headline and the summary, if they want to read the whole article, they have to go to that article, by clicking the link. If you are not depending on advertisement on your website, I recommend you distribute all the content though. Below a screenshot of the wordpress rss settings.

wp rss settings RSS reading and how to use it efficiently


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Testing Chromium for real: day 3

Day 3:

I’m at the point where I don’t want to go back. It works and it works well. I have not found major flaws that would make me switch back to Firefox. The primitive bookmark management is under development and I’m not finished looking for plugins to support it better (especially tags). I like the concept of the unibar, the merge of address and search field. Okay, it’s not that great, but it’s very comfortable to use and as far as I know it will be in Firefox 4.0 too.

Plugins / Extensions:

A plugin I do not need with Chromium is Tabs open relative. Chromium automatically opens links from a tab right to it and not at the end of the line.

  • ixquick for the unibar search engine (check out the extensive post about ixquick at
  • RSS-Feeder is a little Extension that shows a little RSS-icon in the address bar if feeds are available. As I use LiFeRea (Linux Feed Reader) as a desktop feed reader, that’s just the simplicity I need.
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feedreader, sucking at the vessels of information

custom lila feedreader, sucking at the vessels of information

This neat little graphic above is a feed icon. Usually it’s orange, but I like mine in purple. Now, that we got that right, I’ll explain what a feed is, why it is useful and how you can take advantage of it. News-feeds are generated by a lot of websites. It makes reading news or keeping track of blog-posts very easy. You install a feed-reader or use an online feed collection service and lift off. Whenever you see this icon: feed icon 16x16 feedreader, sucking at the vessels of information (here again, my favourite one is: custom lila16 feedreader, sucking at the vessels of information :P), you know: Oh! There must be a news-feed here that I can subscribe to, so I wont have to keep in mind, to enter this website again to check if there are new information! The most common feed formats are atom and RSS. If you feel like you want to know more about them, I linked the wikipedia articles on them. I for example am a reader of several news sites, the German greenpeace website and some blogs. So if you find this blog interesting and maybe like to read news (If you don’t you should start in my opinion) you should get a feed-reader and start feeding it icon wink feedreader, sucking at the vessels of information

Recommended feed-readers are:

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