Confused by RSS Feeds

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  1. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    Ok i will admit i am very confused by RSS feeds. i want to set up my RSS reader on my phone. I am having trouble understanding how to add more feeds.

    Like Macrumors, what is the feed url i should add. If it matters i am using the Free RSS app.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://feeds.macrumors.com/MacRumors-All

    The RSS feed for MacRumors is above. Just copy and add this URL as a feed in your RSS reader and you should be set.

    Are you using this app called Free RSS? If so it looks somewhat out of date and limited in features.

    if you don't mind, I will make a suggestion.

    Set yourself up a free Google Reader account for RSS feed management. Once you have an account go to the settings area and under Goodies (see my screen shot) drag the subscribe bookmarklet into your Safari toolbar. Once you have done that and you are on a web page you want to monitor with RSS, just click the bookmarklet and Google Reader will automatically find the RSS feed and offer to add it to your RSS subscriptions.

    If you already have GMail, just go to the Google Reader URL and you will already have an account under the same login.

    [​IMG]

    Once you have that setup, get a iPhone RSS reader that supports Google Reader sync. The app Reeder is very popular and is $1.99. When you install Reeder you will be asked for your Google Reader username and password. Once that is entered the RSS feeds in your Google Reader account will be synced to the Reeder iPhone app.

    Or if you don't want to bother with an app you can just go to the Google Reader URL (http://www.google.com/reader) in Safari on your iPhone and read RSS direct from the browser.

    Post back if you have questions about all this.
     
  3. From A Buick 8 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks that helps a lot. I have thought about the google thing, and I might do that. So what features do you like the most about reeder
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Reeder has a very easy to understand interface. I like the fact you can add an article to your Instapaper account to read later. Newsrack and MobileRSS are pretty popular also. They all do mostly the same thing with a slightly different look/feel.

    If you don't want to spend any money and just plan to follow a few feeds, the Google Reader mobile interface in Safari on the iPhone is pretty decent, so maybe give that a try first.
     
  5. iMerik macrumors 6502a

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    It's not as popular as Reeder, but I enjoy Feeddler RSS Reader Pro as well.
     
  6. Nakana macrumors newbie

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    +1 for Reeder. Especially after your feed list hits some arbitrary size threshold of about 10.

    Reeder also caches data locally on your phone, so you can download all the posts including pictures then read elsewhere without tapping your data.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Trying it out now and liking it so far.
     

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