How to Use Google News Timeline as an RSS Reader

Written by Amit Agarwal on Jun 15, 2009

Google News Timeline is an interesting tool where you can browse historical events, current news, movie releases and other kinds of information in a graphical timeline.

time magazine covers

For instance, you can search for TIME magazine on Google News Timeline and it will display a list of all issues of the magazine in chronological order (arranged by date). Click any of the TIME covers to open the corresponding issue on the TIME website.

For researching current events, you can select News from the drop-down, type in some topic (e.g. india-pakistan) and hit go to read what the mainstream media has published about the topics in all these years.

current news and photos

Use Google News Timeline as an RSS Reader

The Google News Timeline format is pretty handy for navigating blog archives but the problem is that it is a search based service.

For instance, you have to search for something like "labnol" or "digital inspiration" to add this blog to the Google timeline but if the blog’s RSS feed is not available in Google’s index or if Google has trouble locating a feed using your search terms, you can’t read that blog or website inside Google News timeline.

blog archives in timeline

But there’s a very easy workaround to this problem that should help you add just about any website (that has a feed) to the Google News Timeline.

The trick is that instead of searching for the blog name in Google News Timeline, you just specify the RSS feed address (as shown below) and the corresponding content will automatically appear in the Google News graphical timeline.

<a href=";RSS_Feed_URL">;<font color="#ff0000"><strong>RSS_Feed_URL</a></strong></font>&gt;

For instance, if I were to add my blog directly into the Google timeline, the URL would be something like this:

To read multiple blogs using the Google Timeline in one go, you can simple separate the different feed address using %2C as shown below:;<font color="#ff0000"><strong>Feed-A</strong></font>&gt;%2Cblog.&lt;<font color="#ff0000"><strong>Feed-B</strong></font>&gt;%2Cblog.&lt;<font color="#ff0000"><strong>Feed-C</strong></font>&gt;

To catch this in action, click here. What you then see on your screen is a mixture of five different feeds (Digg, Twitter, Techmeme, Hacker News, DI) – some people will definitely find this timeline interface more convenient especially when following a small number of blogs.

Also see: Read Blogs inside Google Docs

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