Posts Tagged ‘rss’

Techie Tip of the Week: 5 Alternatives to Google Reader

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Recently, Google announced that they are discontinuing their free online RSS reader, Google Reader.

What to do? Here are 5 alternatives to meet your RSS needs:

  1. Did you like the version of Google Reader that existed when they launched the product back in 2005? If so, you’ll love The Old Reader. As they say on their website, “it’s just like the old Google Reader, only better”!
  2. Want a simple, clean interface displaying your favorite news articles in a simple, easy-to-view and easy-to-update reader? Skimr may be just what you need and want.
  3. Feedly is a great alternative to Google Reader that works on all platforms — Desktop, Tablet, and Phone. Try it out at: 
  4. Another great alternative that works on all platforms is Pulse. Try it out at:
  5. Most modern email programs also allow you to view and subscribe to RSS feeds:


Techie Tip of the Week: RSS Feeds

Friday, December 9th, 2011

With RSS (Really Simple Syndication), you can easily keep track of your favorite blog, news, sports, and other websites that generate an RSS feed.  Instead of having to go to your favorite website to see if there are new articles to read, those articles will automatically appear in your RSS reader (like Google Reader, Bloglines, Outlook, Apple Mail, or Firefox’s built-in RSS reader) .  An RSS feed contains a summary of the article (sometimes they contain the whole article).

An excellent 2-minute video explaining RSS in plain English is at:

RSS feeds are XML files.  Here is a sample RSS feed:

<xml version="1.0"?>
<rss version="2.0">
  <title>Title of Feed Goes Here</title>
  <description>Description of Feed Goes Here</description>
  <link>Link to the Feed Goes Here</link>	

    <title>Title of Article Goes Here</title>
    <description>Description of Article</description>
    <link>Link to Article</link>
    <guid>Link to Article</guid>


Techie Tip of the Week: Add RSS feed to Stanford Email

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Have you ever wanted to keep up with an RSS feed? (What’s RSS? A video from the Common Craft Show, “RSS in Plain English“, explains it well.)

Now you can, directly from your Stanford Email!

  1. In your web browser, go to Stanford Email
  2. Click the Mail tab.
  3. Click the New Folder button.
  4. Enter a name for the folder and click the Subscribe to RSS/ATOM feed checkbox.
  5. In the URL field, enter the address of the feed you’d like to read. (For example, the Stanford News Service has a feed at

Updates will now automatically feed to your folder and be marked as unread.