Sage (-Too) for RSS reading

As the number of websites I read has grown, my reading algorithm — roughly summarized as: “Bookmark each site-of-interest; regularly check each bookmark to see if there is something new since last time I checked” — has not scaled well.  The checking is starting to take too much time.

My solution is to use a feed reader (the Sage-Too add-on for Firefox, in my case) and it can check all the websites I follow efficiently (that is, using very little of my brain) and only show sites that have new posts I have not already seen.

This solution requires that I change over to using “live” bookmarks pointing to each site’s RSS feed.  Before my New Solution, some of my bookmarks were live and some were the simple regular kind.

Sage-Too in Action

You start with just the little sage leaf in the Firefox toolbar:

Once you press that (or Alt+Z if, like me, you’re keyboard-inclined), the Sage-Too sidebar appears:

Press the “Check Feeds” button () and sites that have updates since last time I checked* show up in bold:

When I click on one of these bold titles, a list of the most recent updates appears in the bottom of the sidebar with unread posts appearing in bold; and in the main browser window, a few of the most recent posts are rendered in a way that makes it easy to skim the beginning of the article and see if I want to open it to read more:

If I do want to read more, I just click on the bolded article title in the bottom of the Sage-Too sidebar, and that takes the browser to that page:

I can toggle the Sage-Too sidebar closed so I have more space to read, by clicking the Sage button (or pressing Alt+Z) again:

If I bring up the Sage-Too sidebar again after closing it, feeds I visited last time are no longer shown:

This is true even if I didn’t visit all the new articles.  If I want to see a feed that is not showing up anymore, I just temporarily toggle “Show only updated feeds”:

…and now I can see all the feeds I’ve set up, not just ones with new articles.

The Benefit

Using Sage-Too has enabled me to expand the range of sites I keep in touch with while cutting down the time it takes to do so.  What a help!  I appreciate the work of the Sage and Sage-Too teams to provide this.

Thanks also to Jon Fuller for introducing me to Sage, months ago.  (New ideas take a while to sink in sometimes!)

Maybe sometime I’ll write about how I set up feeds in Sage-Too.

*I took these screenshots this past Monday morning, and many of the sites I follow had updates over the weekend – when checking throughout the week I keep up with them more so there isn’t such a big list of sites with updates all at once.


One thought on “Sage (-Too) for RSS reading

  1. yay! some link-love!

    I’m glad you finally came around ;)

    I’m currently using google reader, rather than Sage, and am very happy with it, you may want to check it out too. However, it won’t be able to read your internal Ontario Systems ones.

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