Tag Archives: RSS Feeds

Google Reader Play Allows Users To Visually Browse RSS Feeds

I am a big fan of Google Reader, thanks to it’s simplicity and the ability to access the same feeds from wherever I want. However, how about adding some Zing to the feed reader?

Google Reader Play

Google Reader Play is a new feature which will allow you to browse RSS feeds visually through a feed slideshow. Google Reader Play provides users with an option to browse interesting stuff on the web, which is personalized to a user’s liking.

Reader Play also allows you to star items, which will then allow Google to display more items which match your tastes. Users can also browser their current subscriptions in Google Reader Play, by clicking on the arrow appearing next to the folder or RSS feed in the sidebar and selecting "View in Reader Play"

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According to the Google Reader engineer, Google Reader Play is not a replacement for Google Reader, it is just a fun way to browser through interesting content in RSS feeds. Users can also access a Reader Play by visiting http://www.google.com/reader/play.

What do you think about Google Reader Play? Will you use it to browse RSS feeds? Do let me know through your comments.

Translate Foreign Language RSS Feeds To Your Language

Language barrier can really be a pain while communicating with people, likewise the web is also made up of several websites which are not in your native language. So would you skip reading interesting content, just because it is in a language you do not understand.

Most likely the answer would be yes, however, there are several ways to translate web page content, one of involves Google Translate, but what if you want to subscribe to a RSS feed of a website in a foreign language?

Turns out that there are several ways in which you can translate RSS Feeds and then subscribe to them in your own native language. I will list out a few resources using which you can translate RSS feeds to your own language and then subscribe to them in your RSS reader.

Also Read: 10 Ways To Combine and Mashup Multiple RSS Feeds

Google Reader Translation

Google Reader Translate RSS Feed

If you are a Google Reader user, translating feeds to your own language is a piece of cake. Just subscribe to the RSS feed you want in Google Reader and click on the "Feed Settings" button. From the available options, select "Translate into my language" for the foreign language feed. That’s it, Google will use the Translate API to translate the feed to the language you have in your account settings.

Yahoo Pipes

Yahoo Pipes Translate RSS Feed

Yahoo Pipes is one of the most innovative piece of software ever created. It allows you to mashup RSS feeds and create a single one. In addition to that, Yahoo Pipes also offers several other functionalities, one of them being the ability to translate RSS feeds to your native language.

Webware has detailed instructions on how you can translate a RSS feed to your own language. Head over to this link to learn the trick.

Ed Note: The Babel Fish translation operator is deprecated, you will find it under the Deprecated options.

Feed Language Translation

Feed Language Translation

Feed Language is a RSS feed translator which is powered by the Google AJAX API and uses Google Translate API for translating feeds to and from 52 languages. To create a feed, just enter the URL of the RSS feed and select the language combination.

Feed Language will create a new RSS feed which will contain the translated content. You can then use the new RSS URL to subscribe to the feed in your RSS reader.

Mloovi – RSS Feed Translator

Mloovi is a free tool which translates RSS newsfeeds from and to 52 languages using Google Translate. You can sing up for a free account and translate RSS feeds to your language. The converted RSS feeds will contain ads from Mloovi.

That’s it, using the above tools or services you can get through the language barrier with ease and keep up with the latest news on your favorite websites.

Filter Items In Google Reader

As you know, Apple has announced its much hyped tablet computer, iPad, and this news has turned almost everyone crazy. This is a totally disgusting situation for some of us (like me) who are not interested in iPad and want to focus on other things. My RSS reader is overloaded with articles covering the Apple tablet, and I hope this situation will remain the same for next few days.

If you are looking for any solution to reduce the RSS load in Google Reader, thankfully here is a Greasemonkey script which filters unwanted content based on keywords. This greasemonkey script, Google Reader Filter, helps you to focus on interesting topics by filtering blogposts with provided keywords.

How to use Google Reader Filter?

Install the userscript from here and reload the Google Reader page. Now, a link named Filter Settingswill appear on top right corner of the page.

Filter items in Google Reader

Click this link and provide keywords and regex to exclude. All RSS items that match the provided keywords will be displayed with dull gray text, so that they don’t attract much of attention.

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Another interesting feature of this script is its ability to highlight entries with selected keywords. It increases the visibility of those items. For example, if you have added a keyword JavaScript to the Highlights column blogposts with the keyword JavaScript will be highlighted with a lime background.

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So the next time you face a situation like this, use this userscript to increase your productivity. Google Reader Filter requires the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox and works wherever Firefox does.

Google Reader Allows to Follow Webpage Updates for Websites Without Feeds

RSS Feeds are a good way to keep up with recent updates on blogs or websites. However, there is always a chance that you might come across a website or webpage which does not provide you with RSS Feeds. However, those pages may be updated frequently.

In such cases, users usually have to go back to the website frequently to check for updates. However, if you are a Google Reader user, here is some good news which will help you keep up with the updates through RSS for websites which do not provide them.

Monitor Websites for Updates with Google Reader

Google has introduced a new feature called "Custom feed" will will allow users to track changes on pages that don’t have their own feed. For example, if you want to track the updates on http://www.google.org/products.html, just copy the URL and click on the "Add a subscription" button to add it as a feed.

To add a website without RSS feeds, use the "Create a feed" option and enter the URL of the website. Once the feed has been created, Google Reader will periodically visit the website and check for any updates on it.

Google Reader will only display short snippets of the actual changes to help you decide if the page is worth revisiting. This feature will definitely come in handy for people who are looking to get updates from websites without feeds the easier way. However, in addition to allowing users to create RSS feeds for websites which don’t support them, Google also has an option for website owners to opt-out of the feature.

For more information and updates, visit this official Google Reader post.