The RSS reader in Chrome becomes available to more people

Last summer, Chrome got a hidden setting that allows the browser to act as an RSS reader. After websites with RSS feeds are “followed”, articles appear in a new list on Chrome’s home page.

Chrome developer Adrienne Porter Felt writes that Google has started experimenting with the RSS reader in the clean version of Chrome. For some users, the finesse has been turned on by default, but otherwise it should be possible to activate it from “chrome://flags/#web-feed” (paste into the address bar).

Last summer, the RSS reader worked like that, but now Google has had time to fix bugs. The finesse will also come to Chrome for IOS later.

Starting today, we’re experimenting on Chrome stable with a Following feature. You can choose websites to follow, and their RSS updates will appear on Chrome’s new tab page. We’ve been working on this for a while & I’m super excited to hear what people think 👇

— Adrienne P🎃rter Felt (@__apf__) October 8, 2021

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