Alright, I’m being kind when I say ‘a few clicks.’ Therein lies the problem with a browser. How does one view dozens or hundreds of websites with ‘a few clicks.‘ It’s actually dozens and dozens of clicks. Or more. Here’s how to reduce the clicks.
Stop Using A Browser To Browse
Old habits die hard but one which we could all benefit from is to stop using the typical web browser and try a different method.
This one is called Reeder, an app available for both Mac and iPhone. Officially, Reeder belongs to the app category called news reader. If you browse many, many sites each day, foraging for news and information or doing research, Reeder is the way.
Reeder supports Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Readability, and Fever. If you don’t use a standalone service then Reeder works great as a standalone RSS reader.
Yep. Reeder is an RSS reader. If you haven’t used an RSS reader, try it. You’ll like it. Reeder will save you time every day. And reduce the clicks to find news.
Take a look at this elegant simplicity.
At the most basic level, Reeder subscribes to a website’s RSS subscription feed. Almost every website has an RSS feed, including Mac360.
Once you subscribe to an RSS feed Reeder does most of the work. Except the reading. Reeder pulls down subscribed website headlines and summary and lists them in the lefthand sidebar. Click on a website and all the recent, unread headlines and a summary are displayed.
Click on the headline and summary and the entire article is displayed in the right sidebar. That means you can scan many headlines and get a summary of an article without having to click. Only click on what you want to read.
Reeder’s most recent version has a few features you’ll like. Change viewer style options. Open website links in your default browser instead of within Reeder. That kind of thing.
RSS, in internet years, is relatively old technology that many Mac and Windows PC users do not use. The benefits, though, cannot be ignored. More sites viewed, less time, less effort– because the subscribed-to sites bring their headlines and article summaries to you.