November 29, 2013 - 15:56 — WayneLex

Do you search the web for subjects you like daily, hourly?
No need to. Have the stories come to you! Use RSS.

What is RSS? According to www.whatisrss.com
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

So how do we make this work? There's something called Feedly that makes getting all your favorite news and information easy in one place!
To get started go to http://www.feedly.com and click on "or login" then just sign in. IE is currently have trouble displaying Feedly, use another browser. If you don't have a Google account you will need to "SIGN UP". Feedly needs your permission so you'll also need to "Accept".
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*Currently you can only sign into Feedly using a Google account. A Google account can be created using your existing email address. In the future you will be able to log in using other accounts.

Now that you are on Feedly let's start adding RSS Feed topics. On the right had panel, shown below, they suggest to add 3 sites. I have no idea why. Just start adding the feeds you want.
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You can select popular feeds from the categories on the left panel. Let's use news as an example. Click on the "news" icon. Then click on CNN.
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If you decide not to follow news from CNN just go back to "+Add Content" and select another topic from the list or as you may have noticed you can enter a web site or a title you may be interested in. If you want to follow CNN click "Follow".

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Once you clicked "Follow", on the left side a panel will appear asking to Add the feed. One option I use here is putting in a name in "Category". Next click "My Feedly" at the top of the left panel and you will see CNN under the News section. Repeat this for as many feeds you want.

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Ok, we are done with adding topics now lets look a little bit into the different ways to display the topics.

We did one display improvement already when we added a category called News. If that was not done all of the feeds would be grouped together under All.

There are 4 ways to display or present the feeds. You can either left-click on the gear located near the top on the right side or on the left panel left-click on "Preferences". I like the Magazine method as you see above with the CNN feed. Instead of showing the other 3 methods you can experiment yourself. Under the "Preference" menu there are a lot more options to change to your liking.

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One of the other preferences that I like is the "Featured" preference which put 3 top stories at the top of the page. There are 28 different items you can change under preferences.

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When you first go into feedly you may encounter a grey theme as I did. A light grey background with dark grey text. I hate that. But all is not lost. In the left panel below "Preferences" there is a "Themes" section. In there you can choose from 16 different color schemes. I picked Pianist. Elephants came in a close second.

Before you go let me tell you how to log out. You might have noticed it already in the images. In the left panel near the bottom next to your name is the "logout" button. Make sure you are in the "My Feedly" section.

I showed you a few examples now let me show you my real feedly.
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That should be all for now.
Stay Current!

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