If there is one thing every Mac user with a browser needs, it’s to use RSS to browse web sites. It’s the killer way to view more sites in less time.
Safari’s built-in RSS reader is acceptable for starters, but Google Reader makes RSS feeds sync between Apple’s iDevices. The latest Safari extension brings Google Reader feeds into a Safari tab with a completely new look.
Please Use RSS
Most Mac and PC users browse from site to site looking for tidbits of news and information. Many have bookmarks for favorite sites. RSS feeds are far better than bookmarks because they bring the headline and summary to a list.
Google Reader does the same thing online.
Many Mac and iPhone apps synchronize with Google Reader’s RSS feed links to give you access to your favorite site updates regardless of where you are or which device you’re using.
So, for sites with frequent updates, use an RSS reader or Google Reader to browse the web.
Safari Loves Google Reader’s Ugliness
The RSS reader in Safari is Apple’s view of simplicity, perhaps elegance and efficiency, certainly not as messy looking as using Google Reader can be in a web browser tab.
I’m not as big a fan of using Safari Extensions as I am of using extensions in Firefox, but the Google Reader Extension for Safari and Snow Leopard + Delicious is decent, as is the lesser Better Google Reader (same page).
Basically, these free extensions bring Google Reader RSS feeds into a Safari tab.
That means you can have dozens or hundreds of RSS feeds in Safari, all nicely synchronized with Google Reader.
What’s the benefit of using such an extension instead of using Google Reader’s Fisher Price inspired web page? Please. Google Reader is so ugly and complex.
I don’t want a dozen tools at my fingertips.
I want RSS feed headlines and summary done simple and elegant.
Apple makes it simple in Safari’s RSS implementation, but Google takes a decidedly geekier, user unfriendly view. Safari extensions make RSS feeds and Google Reader easier to view and use.
Grab Free Extensions
While you’re at it, look around the Safari Extensions Gallery. The list of acceptable, affordable, useful, and improved extensions is growing rapidly. Safari Extensions many never match those of Firefox, but the picking is good and the price is right.