How to Use Google Reader

Google reader is a program that allows you to view blogs and feeds in one customized, easy to access, online location. 

The program allows you to save a lot of time and keep easily updated on when your favorite bloggers make new posts.  Instead of visiting multiple websites, you can visit them all at once. Also, you have instant notification of who has recently updated their site.

1. Starting Out

Go to www.google.com/reader to set up your Google Reader account. To begin, login with your Google username and password (which might be your Gmail login).If you don’t have a Google account, you must create one before you can make a reader account.  Click on “Create an account now” (where the red arrow is pointing).

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2. Create Google Reader Account

If you already have a Google account, all you need to do is accept the terms for using Google Reader.

To create a Google account, you need to provide your regular e-mail address.  This doesn’t need to be a Gmail address.  Whatever e-mail address and password you choose, keep in mind that you’ll have to re-enter it every time you log back into Google Reader.

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3. Welcome Page

Don’t bother taking the video tour.  It’s really not worth your time. The “Take the Tour” link isn’t too bad.  I’d suggest waiting on it until you complete this tutorial.  It’s always available at “help.”

The red arrow is pointing to the “Get started by adding subscriptions” button.  Click it to begin adding your feeds.

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4. Adding Subscriptions/Feeds

You can also access this screen at any time by clicking the word “browse,” which is located in the left hand column, next to “add subscriptions.”

Google has assembled “bundles” of popular feeds, so adding a lot is easy.  You can simply click on “subscribe” on any of these bundles.  Also, they have a good search engine for finding feeds.  Just type in the keywords, and they’ll find the feed for you. 

Later on, when you know the web address or feed address for a particular blog or feed, you’ll typically want to add it by simply clicking the “add subscriptions” link.  You’ll be prompted to type in the address, and that’s about all there is to it.

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5. After Subscribing to Feeds

Once you’ve subscribed to every blog you’ve ever heard of, you’re probably going to have a screen similar to this one. All the blogs get listed on the left.  If they are highlighted, it means there are unread posts.  Also, at the end of each title, you can see the number of unread posts. Click on the title of any blog to open it in the right side view.  You’ll open the most recent post first, but once you scroll down, you can see the previous posts.  After you’ve scrolled down past a post, it’s automatically marked as read.  You can also choose to “mark all as read” (at the top of the viewer screen).

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6. Organizing Your Feeds

To help you move through a long list of blogs, you can put them all in sub-folders. Click on “Manage subscriptions” on the bottom of the left frame.  This screen will open. Here, you can play with many settings, but you can also choose folder names by clicking “add to a folder” after any of the blog titles.  You’ll be prompted to provide a folder name for it. 

On this screen, you can also delete unwanted feeds. 

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7. Navigating the Home Page

Now that I’ve organized all the feeds into folders, you can see how much easier it is for me to find particular feeds. 

This view is the “home” view, which you’ll see when you log-in to the site.  You’ll see an update on “what’s new” with an overview on the newest postings.  This allows you to scroll through the new posts without having to click on each individual site. 

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8.  Post Options

At the end of each post, you have the option to respond to the post in a few different ways. 

You can “Add a star,” which basically just lists the post with others that you have starred. You can access these starred posts again by clicking on the “starred items” link on the left column.

You can also “E-mail” a copy of this post to a friend. 

“Add tags” allows you to categorize posts.  You can place different posts in categories, which will be listed with your feeds.

To visit a blog’s website, click the post’s title or the blog’s name in the right column.

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9. Sharing

Sharing allows you to post your favorites to a website provided by Google. 

To see your web address, simply click “share,” at the bottom of any posts that you wish to share.  Then, visit the “shared items” link on the left column.  The second image on the right depicts your “shared items” webpage.

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Published on August 14, 2007 at 12:58 pm  Comments (1)  

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