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If you’re like me, then you probably have a serious case of information overload. In today’s web of information, it’s easy to get caught up in the constant news stream. In fact, I have over 100 RSS feeds in my feed reader. Talk about a mental meltdown.

So, what do you do when you wake up to thousands of new items in your feed reader, with hundreds of items which don’t even interest you? A few smart hacks will enable you to look through all of your favorite feeds in just 30 minutes or less using the power of Feedspot.

RSS Reader Feedspot is extremely powerful and has a very clean interface. Feedspot allows you to read your favorite blogs in much the same manner as you would read your email.

Some of it’s many features include tagging, folder-based navigation, browser integration and the ability to import and export subscription lists as an OPML file. You can also star items for easy access, share your favorite items, and save your favorite items to evernote or pocket.

All of these features have come to make Feedspot a dream machine for the productivity enthusiast.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of Feedspot News Reader.

1. Sort your feeds by priority.

Feedspot makes it easy to organize all of your feeds by topic. However, I would also suggest that you categorize your feeds by priority as well. This way, you know which items are “Must Read” and which items “Can Be Skipped” on days that you’re busy.

2. Use Keyboard Shortcuts.

You can’t become a Feedspot master without learning it’s keyboard shortcuts. These little tweaks can save you a good bit of time in the long run.

Some of the most common shortcuts include:

j/k:

item down/up

o:

open/close item

s:

toggle star

m:

mark as read/unread

t:

tag an item

For a complete list of Feedspot shortcuts, press Shift+? from your Feedspot account.

3. Optimize your feed reading time by combining certain feeds into one large master feed.

This can be done using RSS Mix. RSS Mix allows you to merge any number of RSS feeds into one unique new feed.

4. Add tags to your feed items.

Feedspot lets you organize all of your feed items by tags. This is one of the best features for those who are looking to optimize their time.

To add a tag to a post, simply click “add tags” and enter the relevant tags.

5. Search your feed items.

Feedspot’s powerful search engine lets you search for articles within the feeds you’ve added to your Feedspot account. It’s like your personal search engine unlike Google which shows results from entire web. Advanced search filters is an amazing way to find the content that matters to you. You can filter your search results by specific folder or choose to see results only from a specific feed you are following. Feedspot also lets you search within your favorited items.

6. Star items for future reference.

Feedspot enables you to quickly star items for future reference. This can come in handy for items that you want to refer to later.

7. Smart Feedspot Subscribe Button

The Smart Feedspot Subscribe Bookmarklet is a great way to add RSS feeds on the fly. This tool enables you to quickly subscribe to any site that you find interesting while surfing the web.

To access the subscribe button, click on Account Settings on the top right-hand corner of the Feedspot interface and then click on Apps tab from the left column. You will see instructions on how to add the bookmarklet to your browser..

8. Use Expanded View.

For optimum productivity, use expanded view. Expanded view makes it very easy to scroll all of your feed items and scan for interesting posts.

However, I don’t suggest that you simply scroll down the page. You can go from one entry to the next simply by pressing the “J” key. Whenever you want to go backwards, use the “K” key to return to the previous post.

9. Do a weekly or monthly cleanup.

Over time, there are certain feeds that you simply don’t read anymore, or read very infrequently.

These feeds should be dumped on a regular basis to keep your feed reader under control.

10. Dedicate a certain time of the day for reading your feeds and stick to your allotted times.

If you allow yourself 30 minutes to read through your feeds each day, then stick to it. Believe me, everything will still be there tomorrow.

-Anuj Agarwal

A Feedspot power user

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Feedspot is a tool that let’s you keep track of what is going on in your industry. We all know that staying current on the latest news and trends is vital to remaining competitive, and we all know how difficult and time consuming it is to read dozens of articles from dozens of websites. Feedspot allows you to “pull” all of those articles into a central place for your easy reading pleasure. The articles come to you, saving you hours of your time and allowing you to keep on top of what’s happening in your industry.

Along with it’s desktop reader, there is also a neat looking mobile version that allows you to read articles on your smart phone. In just a few minutes a day, you can quickly scan and read dozens of articles to see what is happening and what people are saying. If you run a blog for your business, Feedspot is a great tool for finding new and relevant ideas for articles.

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Earlier you could get RSS feeds for individual folders, individual  tags, favorites and shared items.

Today we just added a new gold feature. You can now get a combined new RSS feed for all your feeds in your Feedspot account.

Logon to your Feedspot homepage and look for the ‘RSS’ link on your dashboard at the top.

There are hundreds of useful applications on the web powered by RSS feeds. Now you can grab your combined RSS feed to power any of those applications.

Enjoy Feedspot!

-Anuj

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Snow fell yesterday in the northeastern United States, and it looked quite a lot like this photo, taken by Carl Kurtz. His Thanksgiving crows remind us that there is much to learn about the creatures we share the earth with. Crows have been connected in folk culture with mischief and ill fortune, but recent research has shown that they are highly social and among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to solve puzzles and use tools. They are nature’s recyclers, too, very much part of the circle of life we celebrate at the American harvest festival of Thanksgiving. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 感恩节快乐 Gǎn ēn jié kuàilè !

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