Life is short. We have only so many hours each day. There are too many web sites to bookmark and read them all. What to do?
I’m on a crusade to get Mac users to stop using Safari or Firefox or Chrome or Opera to read web pages. Why? Three words: R. S. S. RSS is a little known, under-used technology which can help you to read more web sites in less time.
Use RSS On A Mac For Free
What gets me on this RSS crusade is the number of Mac users I run into who don’t use RSS to view web sites. What is RSS? Think of it as a headline and summary of every web page sent directly to your Mac.
Safari has an anemic but useful RSS reader built-in.
It works. But there are better solutions to reading more sites in less time.
My favorite RSS news reader is NetNewsWire. Why? First, it’s free. Second, it’s very, very good. Third, there’s also an iPhone version. That means you can sync up between the devices.
Never Click A Bookmark Again
Most of the web pages we read have a corresponding RSS feed which consists of the headline, a summary, and a link to the rest of the web page. NetNewsWire is an app that stores a bunch of RSS bookmarks, and automatically gathers the web pages for you to read.
So, no more clicking of bookmarks (mostly). No more scanning of one page after another to determine read worthiness. NetNewsWire brings the pages to you, sorts them in categories you want, and delivers the whole web page so you don’t have to open up a browser.
It looks something like this:
It’s easier to scan dozens and dozens of headlines than it is to click to just a few web sites and scan their single page of headlines. You can run NetNewsWire in standalone mode, or sync between Macs and iPhones (or other devices) using Google Reader.
Web pages can be saved using Instapaper, Delicious.com or simple flags and clippings. Read from one headline and summary to another just by using the space bar. NetNewsWire is widescreen on a Mac, which makes it easy to see categories, headlines, and web pages on one screen.
The web page browser is built in to NetNewsWire so you won’t even need to fire up Safari or Firefox to read your daily dose of news.
Is life good or what? NetNewsWire’s basic version is free but contains ads. An ad free version has a nominal price tag.
There is much to like here, hence my crusade to get Mac users to use RSS feeds. It saves time and effort and clicking so you can read more pages, know more about what’s going on, and do it in a fraction of the time.