Back then I immediately enjoyed the flexibility and freedom that the excellent web-based feed reader provided. No more selecting the “open in tabs” option in my (Firefox) browser and manually visiting each website. No, now I was a sleek reading machine, my favourite blogs/news sources delivered straight to my permanently open reader.
Now I’m a slave to RSS. If a tiny black number (to indicate a new item) appears by one of my folders, I have to click it. If a website doesn’t produce a little orange icon in the address bar (a sign that it crunches out an RSS feed), then there’s little chance I’ll come back and a huge possibility that I’ll be very annoyed!
Unfortunately, for every great website using RSS there are a number which don’t.
Which brings me to the point of this post. If you’re as much of a slave to your feed reader as I am, you’ll be delighted to hear about feedyes.com, a free utility that attaches a feed to almost any website.
You do have to create a free account but once you’ve submitted your email, chosen a user name and devised a fiendishly cunning password, you’re away!
Here’s how I created a feed for the English Premier League page on the Independent newspaper’s website.
1. Insert the URL of the page, give it a tag and choose the language
2. Click on the first link with news value
3. Click on the last link with news value
4. Approve the feed, or if there are still some rogue URL’s in there you don’t want to read, click through to step 4 where you select/deselect the URL’s of interest to you
5. Bang! There’s your feed!
6. Copy it into your preferred feed reader
7. Subscribe to the feed and here’s how it looks!
Very easy, very free and very useful.
If you too want to subscribe to the Premiership news page from the Independent, just copy this URL into your reader.