RSS is Boring

Well, maybe I can change your mind about this.  As I was playing around with Google Chrome and trying to work solely in the browser, I started to think about RSS feeds.  It’s yet another way to gather all the news that’s fit to read.  I’ve actually moved away from my computer based RSS Readers in favour of picking up current reads from announcements from Twitter or by reading through Flipboard of Pulse on the iPad.

As I poked around inside Chrome though, I stumbled across a find that’s worthy of keeping and sharing with you.  The application is called NewsSquares.  Like many of the apps that I talked about yesterday, it’s available through the Chrome Store and installable with a click.

In order to use NewsSquares, you need to be logged in to your Google account.  On first launch, if you have items in Google Reader, NewsSquares uses that as a starting point.  Starting point for what?

It’s a little difficult to describe so here’s a visual.

Each of the items appear in your screen as a news square.  In the top right corner, you’ll see a count for unread messages.  In the bottom right corner, an arrow lets you browse through the stories.  The individual stories clips appear in boxes along the bottom of the screen.  You’ll scroll across the bottom with your mouse or trackpad until you find a story of interest.

Each story comes with a time stamp so that you’re not reading ancient history.  Find one that’s of interest to read to access it.

As you would expect with stories, it’s important to share the news and so there are buttons available to share on your favourite services.  Need more than just a clip?  Then, ask NewsSquares to take you to the original so that you can read it all.

On their FAQ, they do respond to the unfair question about being compared to Flipboard or Pulse.  I like the response that this is a project in HTML5 which distinguishes this from the other products.  If you like the Chrome version, you’ll also want to snag the Android version of this product.

If you need more than just what your RSS provides, you can search for and/or add your own content to feed the reader.  Configuration items include colours and frequency of updates.  I think that this is a real find and well worth the time to click once and get if you’re a fan of RSS.

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