Firefox as an RSS aggregator or reader?
Dave, You say Firefox has "elegant built-in RSS capabilities but I can not find it in any menu or help. How do I get Firefox to function as an RSS 'browser' or aggregator?
While Firefox has built-in RSS capabilities, it's perhaps too integrated into the browser because I see a lot of these sort of queries in my mailbox. The trick is to pay attention to the status bar on the bottom right of the window.
Do a Google search, for example, and you'll see a tiny "GP" link on the status bar. Click it and -- surprise! -- you get screenshots of the matching pages integrated into the Google results. This is actually a Google trick, not a Firefox trick (with a little help from Alexa), but it's certainly neat.
Go to a Web site that has an RSS or Atom feed, and there's a new icon on the bottom right, a set of orange lines. Click on that and you'll find that you can subscribe to that site's RSS feed directly.
I popped over to my colleague Kathy Sierra's terrific Creating Passionate Users and here's what I saw on the very bottom of my Firefox browser:
Pretty subtle, I agree, but it's there. Click on the icon, choose the type of feed you'd like to read (I defer to RSS but you might like Atom) and it's now a bookmark in your browser like any other. Or is it?
When I look at that bookmark, I find that it magically shows all the available RSS headlines for that particular site:
At the end of the day, I'd say that Firefox supports and understands RSS, but doesn't have an aggregator, per se.
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