Do you use Firefox’s Live Bookmarks RSS feature? Live bookmarks creates a folder of links and updates it with links to the latest posts in an RSS feed. This RSS feature has also been implemented into other browsers like Internet Explorer. If you switched to Google Chrome, you might miss this feature, especially if you only subscribe to a few feeds and have no need for a full RSS reader like Google Reader.
The extension Foxish Live RSS brings Firefox’s Live Bookmarks feature to Google Chrome. It gives Chrome support for RSS feeds, something Google decided to leave out, and adds a feed icon in the URL bar if the current page has a feed available. Clicking it will display a preview of the feed and some options for the live bookmark.
Hit the Subscribe button and a new bookmark folder will appear in your bookmarks. It will automatically update when the feed is updated. A link to the site is also provided in this folder.
If you prefer to subscribe to feeds using a dedicated RSS reader like Google Reader and just want Google Chrome to be able to auto-detect feeds, you can install Google’s own RSS Subscription Extension. This adds the RSS feed icon in the URL bar if the current page has a feed available and then gives an option to subscribe to the feed using Google Reader, Bloglines, and Yahoo!. Google might have chosen to leave this feature out of the browser believing that RSS is declining in favor of social media.
What’s your preferred way of subscribing to your favorite sites? Share with us in the comments.