Readings is an RSS reader that gets straight to the point. The social reader works similarly to Twitter or Facebook, in that users can subscribe to certain feeds to decide which news articles show up when they log into their accounts. It also works similarly to Google Reader, but without the complicated interface that turns many people off.
If you’re sick of the RSS reader you’re using now – or if you’ve been hesitant to use RSS because the whole thing seems too difficult to understand – then it’s time to give Readings a try. Browse through Readings’ extensive list of publishers and authors, and subscribe to any that look interesting. It’s easy to unsubscribe later, so there’s no harm in subscribing to anything and everything that looks good right now. You can also subscribe to the feeds of publishers that aren’t listed on the Readings site by typing in the website address or feed URL. Once you’ve added all the feeds, you’ll need to formally sign up by entering your email address and creating a password or signing in through Facebook or Google. Return to the Readings site and click onto your News Feed, to see a perfectly curated list of all the articles that are of importance in your life.
Browsing the news on Readings couldn’t be easier. Not only can you see a list of the most recently updated articles written by your favorite authors or published by your favorite news sites, but you can also see a list of the top stories for the past day, week, and month. Click the headline of a story to read it within the Readings site, or click “Read Later” to save it for another time. For news junkies who hate the clunkiness of competing RSS readers, Readings might be the solution.
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