Today was I talking with Cody from EFluxDesign (A web design and search optimization company) about using RSS to follow different blogs for education, pleasure or whatever you follow blogs for.
While Cody only has one PC that he uses, following RSS feeds in Blogs is as simple as adding it to Internet Explorer, and then Outlook automatically picks those up and they show up right in the familiar Outlook interface.
However, when using multiple PCs, you can find yourself reading the same blog post PC after PC after PC. Google’s answer to this (I haven’t found one that’s run by Microsoft yet, suggestions?) is Google Reader. Simply add the RSS feed into the reader and you have a simplified view.
The best part of it, is you don’t have to abandon Outlook. You can have the Google Reader appear right inside of Outlook, here’s how:
- Open Outlook and right-click on the RSS Feeds folder and choose Properties.
- On the Home Page tab, choose to Show home page by default for this folder and change the address to: http://www.Google.com/reader/
Now when you simply click on the RSS feeds link, Google Reader will show up in this list and you can take advantage of only reading blogs once/PC, and all the data about what you read as well. If you’re using Exchange 2007 or greater as a back-end, this setting will replicate around all of your PCs as well!