Feedly. This site makes blog reading easy and enjoyable, as it compiles all of your blogs, sites and news with its simplistic, minimalist user interface. Feedly is perhaps one of the best resources that I have seen to track your RSS feed. (For all those blog newbies out there, such as myself, RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and is a online tool that is used to publish frequently updated works in a standardized format.)
The screen shot above is what my personal Feedly Education site looks like. The most recently updated unread blog posts and news articles are at the top of my page while my list of blogs and sites that I'm following are listed on the right for easy access. On the left side are the categories that all of my followed sites are listed under; these make navigating around this RSS feed extremely easy. Another great benefit from using Feedly is how easy it is to subscribe to new sites without having to copy and paste the url or any other time consuming subscription methods. Feedly makes this possibly by providing a small, transparent Feedly button that appears in the lower-right corner of your Web browser. If you find a new website or blog that you would like to remember or possibly subscribe to, all you need to do is click on this button and Feedly will not only allow you add the site to your feed, but also email, facebook, or tweet the site to share! This is probably my favorite component of this website; it keeps me coming back to Feedly to remember cool sites or resources even if I don't look at them right away.
Another positive about Feedly is it is compatible with laptops, iPads, iPhones and Androids. I love being able to stay current with blogs on the go, even if I can just read a few articles at a time.
A few negatives about Feedly are:
- It does not work in Internet Explorer.
- For browsers that Feedly does work with, it requires users to install a plug-in which is not allowed on some public computers.
- Sites can not be cross-listed in two categories.
I'm really interested to see what y'all think about Feedly if you've used it or even just visited the site!
How easy was it to use?
Did you like the display/organization of the RSS feed?
Does it make blog reading any easier?
I would also love to hear what RSS aggregator sites y'all use and how they compare!
Thanks for stopping by and reading!
Tune in soon for a post on a teaching strategy that is increasing its presence in the classroom... or should I say flipping its presence in the classroom!