Tag Archives | rss

Feedly RSS Expander

Feedly Full RSS ExpanderWith the coming demise of Google Reader, it seems that there are only three real choices: Feedly, Digg Reader and AOL Reader. After trying out all of them, Feedly won me over  (Digg was a better experience, but too buggy at this time.).

That being said, none of them are a perfect replacement. I have found that Feedly is missing one of the things that I and many others used with Google Reader – the Super Full Feeds extension. This extension allowed you to take short RSS feeds (RSS snippets) and turn them into full content RSS feeds right in the browser. This made reading things much easier and snappier.

So, until there is a Super Full Feeds Extension for Feedly, the next best thing may be the Full Text RSS Feed website. This site allows you to input any RSS feed and get a new RSS link that contains the full feed. You can then add that URL to Feedly and get full content rather than just excerpts.

It’s not as simple as the Chrome extension was, but it will work for now…




Pulling your Twitter Home Page into Google Reader using RSS

I know that there are many Twitter client programs out there, but I think that one of the most efficient ways to quickly read through all of the Twitter updates of people you follow is through an RSS reader (Google Reader is my favorite).  However, the Twitter RSS feed for your home page is an authenticated feed (requires a username and password) and many RSS readers do not support authenticated feeds.

Luckily, there is a quick hack to make this work thanks to the FreeMyFeed web site. FreeMyFeed handles authenticated RSS feeds and will give you a non-authenticated feed in its place that works perfectly in any RSS reader.  Here’s the steps you need to take:

  1. Head over to http://freemyfeed.com
  2. For “feed url” enter: http://twitter.com/statuses/friends_timeline.rss
  3. Enter your Twitter username and password in the appropriate boxes.
  4. Click submit and you’ll be taken to a page that provides you with your new non-authenticated RSS link.  Copy that to your favorite RSS reader or  simply use one of their provided links to add it automatically.

That’s it. You now have your Twitter updates in a convenient, easier to read format.