I wrote a TechNet Wiki post a while back about subscribing to the Wiki Ninjas Blog in Outlook RSS feeds. I also profiled the article in a TNWiki Article Spotlight. Since then I have expanded the number of feeds I track and so I started searching for a new RSS and blog reader. I settled on Feedly to organise and read my feeds.
Using Outlook to read multiple article feeds was becoming unwieldy, and I found that it would often repeat a story several times. I wanted a simple web-based tool with a clean interface that has a mobile app that syncs my read lists across both. (If you want to read more about mobile, Alan Nascimento Carlos profiled the Feedly iOS app in an earlier Wednesday – Wiki Life post. You can also download the Android app here.) For these reasons I chose Feedly.
I subscribe to and read a lot of Microsoft blogs (some faves are Microsoft Azure Blog, Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog, Developer Tools Blogs) so it’s nice to have them all in one spot. The main thing though for this community is you can get the RSS feeds of both the Wiki Ninjas blog and its sister publication (Azure Development Community blog).
Feedly keeps a running total of unread blog posts and once you have read them you can mark them as complete. You can also tag or mark items to read later, push them to other services like Evernote, Pocket, or Instapaper, and share information with others through the interface. It has excellent Google integration through dedicated Chrome plugins and also via Google Keyword Alerts which you can save as their own source feed.
If you need a new RSS reader to follow the Wiki Ninjas blog feed, then check out Feedly.
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