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Follow Google Group Using Google Reader

posted Apr 1, 2010, 9:32 PM by Wei Wang   [ updated Apr 7, 2010, 12:38 PM by Wei Wang ]
Google Reader is a feed reader. It can be used to subscribe to and read many kinds of RSS or Atom feeds.

Here, I would like to introduce the Google Reader to the Ann-Hua Chinese School community. I have helped the AHCS moving their mailing lists to Google Groups. By default, each Google group is set to archive the Discussions, which is basically emails sent to the group.

Whenever you see an RSS feed symbol (right), or an XML sign (XML), on a Group or a blog page, you should be able to click it. There are many feed readers, Google Reader is one such product provided by Google. One may subscribe to many feeds in Google Reader, thus creating an aggregated view of things interesting without having to visit each individual website that provide those feeds.

For example, if one is a parent at the Ann-Hua Chinese School, by subscribing to the Ann-Hua Community Center (AHCC) group feed, then set one's membership in the group to no email, one may avoid getting emails from the group in the inbox but is still able to follow events in the group in Google Reader. Any new message posted to the group will show up in the Google Reader.

Besides following a Google Group, or some blog, Google Reader may be useful for following news feeds. News organizations such as CNN, XinhuaNET, etc. all have their own news feeds. Ann-Hua Community Center also keeps a few news feeds about events at the AHCC or the local community of the Ann Arbor area.