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FOAMed: Blog/podcast readers/aggregators


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Dec 13, 2012
  1. Medical Student

I have a few core podcasts I listen to, and a couple of blogs I keep up with. It's a pain to go to all the sites. There are also half a zillion additional podcasts I'd like to be able to occasionally check up on quickly - to see if they have a topic that interests me.

I've heard of aggregators/RSS feeds but don't know how to use them effectively.

I have a windows laptop, an Iphone, and an old android tablet that I would like to be able to access this stuff on.

I tried Bloglines on my laptop, which looks pretty useful, but it doesn't have an iphone app, not sure about android app.
I looked at Google Reader, but it doesn't seem to work with as many of my blogs/podcasts (maybe I'm using it wrong?), however it seems that lots of Iphone apps can synch to google reader (Feedly, for instance) which is a major plus.

Learn me about aggregators/RSS feeds, por favor!! What's everybody else using to manage this stuff efficiently. Right now I feel like I spend more time organizing my favorites than reading information.


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7+ Year Member
Dec 13, 2011
This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I probably have around 10 EM blogs I follow, and it's so much more efficient to use an RSS aggregator.

My suggestion to you would be to go back to google reader. It should work with every blog/RSS feed, and has an app for every device.

It sounds like your issue is getting the sites added. The easiest way is to do it from the site itself. It should be as straightforward as clicking the orange RSS icon. For instance, say you want to follow http://socmob.blogspot.com/. Go to the page. Then in the upper left, click "Posts" next to the RSS icon, then "add to google", then select "google reader." All done.

Alternatively, just go to reader.google.com and hit the red subscribe button. Then paste in the URL. Sometimes it's a little wonky if you just put in the main URL; make sure you are pasting the RSS URL. For example, instead of putting http://www.emcrit.org, you need to put http://feeds.feedburner.com/emcrit.

Hope that helps!
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7+ Year Member
Dec 13, 2011
What I currently follow:

Life in the Fast Lane
Ultrasound Podcast
Dr. Smith's ECG Blog
Resus M.E!
Academic Life in EM
A life at risk
The EM Resident Podcast
Emergency Medicine Updates
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