Anyone who likes to be ‘in the know’ or up to date on their favorite topics likely use RSS feeds to gather that information. RSS feeds compile a list of recent stories from blogs, e-magazines and any other website that offers regular articles and stories. The only trouble with RSS feeds is collecting them all in one command center type location for easy viewing. Headslinger collects all your favorite feeds, helps you find new ones, promotes sharing of stories and does it all with a splash of panache.
A Headslinger account is like having an entire digital magazine/newspaper stand at your fingertips. The main account view displays sources (RSS feed sources) in a grid-like format. Picture a smartphone with icons depicting each feed. Click any one of the sources and Headslinger displays the most recent articles along with Twitter and Facebook feeds for those sources if they exist. There’s an additional option titled, “who’s reading this?” which displays other users reading the same feed. The information is helpful for adding users to your slinglist, more on that later.
When readers view a source page, their favorites are displayed as navigation icons along the top in what’s described as a navigation bar. From there, users can move from favorite to favorite quickly and precisely. Favorite sources are categorized into folders for organizational purposes and make navigating a lot easier if favorites get numerous. The navigation bar has a quick change option to move between folders so that users are always moving forward. As an example, if you are an avid sports fan and have a lot of sports sources, but are also a weekend tech enthusiast, simply change folders to view all sports or all tech sources without bouncing from website to website.
The ‘slinger’ part of Headslinger deals with sharing. When a user finds an article interesting or especially worthy of reading, they can ‘sling it’ which gives the article weight among your viewing interest and informs others its worth reading. Slinglists collate the articles outside the feed sources for easy reference.
There are a number of other options to explore with Headslinger including interacting with other readers via shared stories and sharing to social sites. Headslinger is a free service that delivers the convenience of RSS feeds in one place, does it fast and keeps the graphic quality high without detriment to the interface. Definitely worth a look if RSS feeds have you scattered.
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