However, here is the old story:
Lately I explained RSS feeds to someone and wondered why Firefox is not behaving the same way as on my machine when subscribing to RSS feeds. I did not remember what I exactly did on my machine to get it to work because it is so long ago that I created my profile for new that I first started searching the internet. Interestingly I could not get it to work so - back home - I investigated my own settings. Interestingly they do not match what I found on the net so I think it could be worth writing this article.
Preamble: Google Reader is an online RSS news reader that is also available for Android phones which is very fine when you (as I do) use your phone a lot to read news (for example while on the bus or waiting for it). What you read on your phone is synchronized with what you see when you are back on your laptop or PC. What I show here is how to get subscriptions with Firefox:
- Newer Firefox versions do not show the RSS feed symbol by default any more. - Right click next to your tabs or somewhere between your toolbars and choose "Customize...". Look for the "Subscribe..." button and drag it onto your toolbar (I have it next to the refresh and abort button).
- Type "about:config" into your url location bar and search for "feeds".
- Change "browser.feeds.handler" to "reader"
- Change "browser.feeds.handler.default" to "web"
- Change "browser.feeds.handlers.webservice" to "http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=%s"
- You might also need to change "browser.contentHandlers.auto.application/vnd.mozilla.maybe.feed" to "http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=%s"
- You might also need to change "browser.contentHandlers.types.0.title" to "Google"
- You might also need to change "browser.contentHandlers.types.0.type" to "application/vnd.mozilla.maybe.feed"
- You might also need to change "browser.contentHandlers.types.0.uri" to "http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=%s"
Related post: Efficiently following web news with RSS, Why RSS Feeds and alternatives to Google Reader.