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Easier Full Text RSS Feeds

I have previously written about using WizardRSS to expand those annoying RSS feeds that only give you a snippet of the article rather than the whole post and require you to click through to the web site to read the rest.

Since then, there have been a number of other similar services, like FullTextRSSFeed and FeedEx. I’m happy to report that there is now an even better way – Super Google Reader.

Super Google Reader is an extension for Google’s Chrome browser (you are using Chrome, right?). Once installed, this extension adds a new “Super Settings” menu to your Google Reader feeds page. In this menu is a new “Readable” option. Simply choose that for any of your feeds that only display partial content.

Now, the next time you open that feed this extension will automatically connect and download the full content. You can even set it to “pre-fetch” the content to help speed up the process.

It works much better than any of the other services, and eliminates the annoyance of having to click through to the sites in order to read the article you want.

BONUS: As an added bonus, here is a bundle of all the best Buenos Aires blogs that I personally follow. Clicking the link will allow you to subscribe to them in Google Reader as well. Enjoy.


Expat Tech: Full Text RSS Feeds

I read a lot of RSS feeds. I follow tech sites as well as all my favorite Buenos Aires blogs this way. Using Google Reader to scan through the latest updates and news makes it a lot easier than having to visit/remember multiple sites.

One of the biggest annoyances though is when sites publish their RSS feeds with only excerpts of the full article. Of course, this is designed to get you to click through to their site to view the rest of the article, as well as to view the ads there. I understand the logic, but it takes away from the user experience of using RSS as a time-saver.

Luckily, there is a solution! WizardRSS takes any RSS feed that only gives you partial content and turns it into a full text RSS feed. Simply copy the link for the RSS feed, paste it into their site and get back a new link that has the full content feed rather than just the excerpts.  Here’s an example:

InvestBA’s regular RSS feed is http://investba.com/feed/ and only gives excerpts of their articles.

Pasting that feed into the form at Wizard RSS will give you the new link, http://www.wizardrss.com/feed/investba.com/feed/ which now contains the full text of all the articles.

Much better…

UPDATE (5/6/11): Check out my new post on an even better way to read full text RSS feeds.