Addicted to Google Reader

I started using Google Reader about 1 month ago to be a central spot for everything I read online. As a firm believer in RSS feeds for a couple of years, I’d explored Google Reader back when it first was introduced, but didn’t really find it all the useful or powerful.

But now that’s different. Google Reader has matured into a powerful RSS reader, while RSS and XML feeds have become much more prolific. After a bit more exploring this weekend, I’m finding that I don’t need to leave Google Reader to catch up on any of my online reading.

A Few RSS Reader Tips
So, besides subscribing to the normal blog and news feeds that most people are aware of, here are some additional things I’m doing with RSS feeds in Google Reader.

YouTube Videos



Bible Reading

Google News

Yahoo Pipes
I’m not using Pipes yet, but the idea of easily programming applications and feeds via this interface intrigues me. I want to keep my eye on this tool.

Anyone else have any RSS feed tips that help them with managing your daily flow of information?

Free Use Image Searches

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make use of Google to search for images from free image websites for a while. Google Coop has shown some potential, but it doesn’t really support image searches in it’s current state.

But today, I discovered a website devoted to free use image searches:

This looks really simple to use and found a lot of useful images that my recent home-grown searches hadn’t found.

For those interested, here are a couple of Google Coop searches that I’ve been testing, for image and media searching:

And an earlier attempt to hack Google Image Search:

But, for now, seems like a much better tool.

Anyone else know of similar tools for searching for media useful in the church?