RSS feed integration in Firefox

In: Mozilla

13 Jul 2004

Recently added to the Firefox feature list: Live Bookmarks (or Livemarks). Livemarks weren’t initially intended to make it into Firefox 1.0, as Ben Goodger commented when he filed bug 244078. It seems like they will make it anyway, and have already appeared in nightly branch builds since 2004-07-08.

Livemarks allow you to bookmark an RSS feed and these appear as bookmark folders, with individual items in the feed appearing as bookmarks. Just click on the “bookmark” and you will be taken to the page the item in the RSS feed is pointing to.

Screenshot of Livemarks folder on Bookmarks toolbar


A lightning bolt icon appears on sites which have the <link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS” href=”http://www.example.com/index.xml” /> bit in the <head> tags. All you got to do is to click on the icon and choose from the syndication formats available.

Screenshot of Livemarks icon


There’s even a “Refresh Livemark” context menu option to keep your Livemarks up to date.

Screenshot of Livemarks Refresh context menu option


Not anything that would take me away from the current RSS aggregator I use, but the integration with the bookmarking system is a very intuitive model that would fit into most people’s conceptual model of RSS feeds and bookmarks. I mean, an RSS feed is as good as a bookmark you keep somewhere (only it feeds you live content). RSS feed -> bookmark folder, RSS feed item -> bookmark. Gels nicely for me.

Get a nightly branch build if you’re interested to see it in action for yourself.

44 Responses to RSS feed integration in Firefox

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Nigel L

July 13th, 2004 at 1am

Opera still doesn’t do Atom..
Your feed looks so nice in default Sage css !
For frequently updated feeds, Yahoo’s module excels.
Helpful stuff here — keep up the good work!

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minghong

July 13th, 2004 at 2am

Viewing RSS/Atom as bookmark is such a cool idea!
It will be even cooler if the links are bolded while visited links are normal (just like Thunderbird).

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matt

July 13th, 2004 at 3am

i’m using sage too at the mojo, the combination would be kinda interesting, but they clearly have differnt applications.

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Erik Arvidsson

July 13th, 2004 at 6am

I too prefer Sage but I would like to take the best of the 2 worlds. Maybe even improve the Sage content area display to make it more usable, much like the Safari RSS aggregation page.

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Boogie

July 13th, 2004 at 6am

Just to know: Safari won’t be renamed, it’s just marketing. Safari’s name will be Safari.

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Hemebond

July 13th, 2004 at 8am

I would have preferred this type of thing stay as an extension myself.

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Randy Charles Morin

July 14th, 2004 at 9pm

Just a note. IE has been doing this w/ CDF, a sister format of RSS, for quite a long time.

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Randy Charles Morin

July 14th, 2004 at 9pm

Just a note. IE has been doing this w/ CDF, a sister format of RSS, for quite a long time.

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andufo

July 21st, 2004 at 4pm

Nice.. it would be helpful if u included the extension url: http://www.tapouillo.com/firefox_extension/

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 21st, 2004 at 4pm

andufo: I already have :)

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August 17th, 2004 at 6pm

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August 17th, 2004 at 6pm

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August 25th, 2004 at 5am

well, after stumbling across your post, i went and – for the first time – installed a nightly rather than the latest stable-ish release. not bad…although it does show the new “every application will grow until it can read rss/atom” maxim (and i seem to have spotted something about email in the tools menu, so it already covers the old “…until it can read email” one as well)

long time no see, btw :)

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March 9th, 2005 at 3am

Just wanted to say thank you for explaining this. I have intrigrated it into my site and love it. Thank you again. Will prob put a new blog entry in telling people how to use this and will ref your site. Thanks again.
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