HowTo: Adding Your Own RSS Feeds

Here at Mosaiscope™ we do our best to make adding feeds and following the sources you enjoy as easy as possible. That's why we created the Store. The Mosaiscope™ Store is the easiest way to add content to your Mosaiscope™. However, we do understand that there are times when the feed you want to subscribe to isn't available in the Mosaiscope™ Store yet. Rather than hold you back from subscribing to that feed we allow you to add any RSS feed at any time to your Mosaiscope™. Here are the ins-and-outs of adding these RSS feeds on your own in Mosaiscope™. 

Easy Feed Adding

This is the standard rss subscription icon

This is the standard rss subscription icon

The easiest way to add an RSS feed to your Mosaiscope™, other than using the Mosaiscope™ Store, is by finding the RSS feed icon (see the orange image to the left/above as an example) somewhere on the page (it is rarely in a standard location and can be found at the top, bottom, left side, right side... of any webpage) and clicking/touching on it (Note that although the standard image is orange and white with a dot and two "broadcast" arcs coming out of it, this icon can come in many forms. From black & white, to grey scale.... Generally though, the icon is very recognizable with the dot and two "broadcast" arcs coming out of it). Do note that in some instances there is NO RSS icon and, instead, there is a link on the page (usually at the bottom of the webpage) that simply says "RSS". By clicking/touching on the RSS icon (or word) you are usually taken to the RSS feed (WARNING: read the below section titled "Apple's Safari Web Browser Issue" if you are looking to add RSS feeds using Apple's Safari web browser). Once you see the RSS feed (this is usually a very simplified version of the website that is, or is almost, all text). Copy that URL and paste it into the Search bar in Mosaiscope™ (this is specifically the Search that can be found in the left side vertical menu of Mosaiscope™. Mosaiscope's™ back end servers will identify the feed as an actual RSS news feed and will make the appropriate connections to the feed. You can then either review the feed itself (by clicking on the feed name in search), and then you can add the feed by clicking on the "+" button in the upper corner of the feed, or you can just click/touch on the "+" button that appears right there in the search section next to the feed name once the feed is done processing. Once you have done that, other than filling out any additional info you want to add or Tags you want to add on the "Add Source" screen, you are done. The feed has been added to your Mosaiscope™. 

Advanced Feed Adding & Specific Site Tricks

  • Most Website RSS Feeds - all you need to do is add "/feed" to the end of the URL (When you are on an appropriate page that should have an RSS feed, like a blog, adding the "/feed" to the end of the URL will likely display the RSS feed. An example URL might be "www.example.com/blog", and thus adding the "/feed" at the end will make the URL "www.example.com/blog/feed". This works in most cases.
    • SPECIAL NOTE:  Some sites key off of the main URL and NOT the specific section URL. Example: say you are at "www.example.com/blog" and you add the logical "/feed" at the end will make the URL to get "www.example.com/blog/feed". In some cases this brings up a blank RSS page. This is because, for whatever reason, the RSS feed for that page is actually keyed off of the main feed, meaning "www.example.com" in this example. This means, to get to the actual RSS feed you would need to actually ignore the specific section URL and just have the main URL and add the "/feed" to the end (in this example that would look like "www.example.com/feed"
    • SIDE NOTE:  Often, adding "/rss" will get you all the above results as well. If you do this, in almost all cases, you will see the feed re-direct to the "/feed" version of the feed. 
  • SquareSpace RSS Feeds - In most cases, it will be nearly impossible to tell if a website was constructed using SquareSpace. Since the website builder is becoming more and more popular the chance if getting lucky trying this technique may actually work so it's worth highlighting. The way SquareSpace handles RSS feeds is by adding the string "/?format=rss" to the specific section URL of a website. So, for example, a URL might be "www.example.com/blog", and thus adding the "/?format=rss" at the end will make the URL "www.example.com/blog/?format=rss". This will reveal the RSS feed for the specific SquareSpace page.
  • YouTube RSS Feed - There are a ton of amazing YouTube feeds out there to subscribe to. If you would like to subscribe to one of them it's a bit tricky, but here are the steps:
    • 1 - go to the main feed or Chanel you want to follow (not just one specific video). You will see a URL that looks something like "https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-vIqonZiaj77Z0fH7l7fHg"
    • 2 - in that URL replace "channel/" with "feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=". The URL will now read "https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UC-vIqonZiaj77Z0fH7l7fHg". This new URL is the RSS feed.
    • 3 - take that new URL and paste it in the Search field in Mosaiscope™. We will connect it up to Mosaiscope™ and you can click the "+" button and start following!
  • Medium RSS Feeds - If you are familiar with the look of a Medium site you will be able to identify it rather quickly. If not, it will be hard to tell a Medium page from any other "nice" web page out there. A lot of the time you can tell by the URL, as many Medium pages are left as Medium URL's (example: "https://medium.com/example"). Other times people will have their specific URL's replace the Medium one, so it is harder to tell. In either case, here is what to do to find the RSS feed for these Medium pages:
    • With the Medium URL Exposed -  The way Medium handles getting to their RSS feeds is by adding "/feed" BETWEEN the "https://medium.com" URL and the site specific "/example" section of the URL. For example, our example site is "https://medium.com/example". To find the RSS feed just add "/feed" after "https://medium.com". In this case it would look like "https://medium.com/feed/example". 
    • Medium But using a specific URL - If the site uses their own URL, like ""www.example.com" it likely works the same as explained in the "Most Website RSS Feeds" above, meaning you just need to add the "/feed" at the end of the URL (so: "www.example.com/feed"). 

Additional special notes:

  • Apple's Safari Web Browser Issue - They don't allow you to see the RSS view of articles anymore and, instead, force open any RSS application you might have on your computer. If you don't have one they will ask you to get one. Basically, if they are asking you this question it is likely that this is an RSS feed so it is safe to copy and paste it into the Mosaiscope Search field to find the feed so you can subscribe to it. There IS a possibility that it is NOT a true RSS URL. They best way to find out is to try this in another web browser (like Firefox or Chrome) where you can see the RSS view of the articles to confirm that it is the feed you are actually looking for. This is the best way to handle this issue that Safari now imposes. 

How To: Search

Searching in Mosaiscope™ is easy once you know where to find search & what you can search.

Where to search:

Search can be found in two places - 

  • Search in the Mosaiscope™ Store
    • When you are in the Mosaiscope™ Store, just below the "Featured" and "Popular" sections you will see the icon. Touching/clicking on the Search icon brings up a search box that allows you to search within whatever part of the store you are in (either Topics or Sources). It's a great way to browse the massive collections of Topics and Sources we have amassed for you. 
  • Search from the vertical side menu
    • The Search icon in the vertical side menu that is available a majority of the time is likely the most convenient place to do a search from as you can jump into it any time you want. It gives you access to search either the entire Mosaiscope™ Store (Topics and Sources), or to toggle over to "My Content" to look specifically at the Topics and Sources you personally have subscribed to. 

Types of searches:

There are two types of searches - 

  • Store Search 
    • Searching in the Mosaiscope™ Store allows you to search all the content of the store. Wether it be Topics or Sources, you can easily get to any of the content the Store contains with search. 
  • My Content Search
    • A "My Content" search looks through the Topics and Sources of just your collection of items. This is a fast and easy way to get to exactly the Topic or Source you are looking for in our collection. 

How To: PowerSync

PowerSync is one of our Mosaiscope™ +Plus features that takes the syncing and updating of your Mosaiscope™ account to the next level. With PowerSync everything happens faster than our Basic service. Your Topics feeds are all updated more frequently. Your Sources feeds are all updated more frequently. Updating Flagged content, updating Pinpoint Bookmarked™ content, updating Collections content are all updated almost instantly. And all handled seamlessly in the background, creating an even better Mosaiscope™ experience. 

How To: Daily Summary

The Daily Summary is a simple and fun way to get a peak at what are some of the most interesting items within all the Topics & Sources you follow in Mosaiscope™. The Daily Summary usually shows up around 8AM every morning (time may vary depending on your timezone), and looks at the articles you received in the past 24 hrs in both your Topics and Sources. 

The Daily Summary looks at all those articles and pears it down to the top 10 articles it thinks you would be the most interested in reading. The more you use your Mosaiscope™ the better it gets at identifying what those top 10 articles are. 

So, enjoy your Mosaiscope™ and enjoy your Daily Summary! 

How To: Sharing

Sharing the content you find in Mosaiscope™ is simple, easy, and fun. And, since there are multiple ways to Share you are never to far away from a way to share. Here's how you do it:

  • In the Headline View, the feed with all the headlines of your content, simply swipe from right-to-left (iOS app) to reveal more options. The blue button that has the square with the arrow coming out of it is the "Share" icon. Touch that to reveal the 5 sharing options.
  • When you touch/click on a headline to view either the summary page or "Read More" to go all the way into the article you will notice a "Action Bar" at the bottom of the screen. In the center of that action bar is the button that has the square with the arrow coming out of it (the "Share" icon). Touch that to reveal the 5 sharing options.

There are 5 different ways we have included to make sharing easy. They are:

  • Facebook - share directly to your Facebook feed (requires sign-in)
  • Twitter - share directly to your Twitter account (requires sign-in)
  • Email - opens a compose window in your email client with the headline as the Subject, and the content from the summary view as well as a link to the article in the body of the message. Add more notes as you like and send off to friends.
  • Copy URL - this option saves the URL for the article to your clipboard so you can paste it wherever you want.
  • Share to Collection - this option allows you to suggest the article to any Collection of articles you may be following in your Mosaiscope™ account. This allows the owners of the collection to get feedback from their followers to add even more great content to their collections. 

How To: Tags

NOTE: Adding Tags only works with Sources. Topics are pre-determined and pull in from multiple Sources to they are NOT tag-able. 

Adding and removing Tags from your Sources in Mosaiscope™ is easy. Here's how:

  • When adding a Source you are taken to the "Add Source" screen. On this screen, if a Source has any "suggested tags" you can choose from those. You might already have some of your own Tags so you can select from those as well. And, finally, you can type in the tag field to create any tag you want. Just select the "Add" button to save the tag, or tags, you have selected (you can select as many tags as you would like. NOTE: This will NOT duplicate articles in any of your feeds).
  • To Delete or change your tags on any of your Sources just open the side menu, select "Edit" from the top, and choose the "pencil" icon next to any of your Sources to update the Tag information associated with that Source. You can delete all tags (this will place the Source under the "Untagged" section). You can delete any existing tag(s) and a replace it with new tags. Or, you can add additional tags to the Source in addition to any Tags you already have selected. 

How To: Store

The easiest and most convenient way to add and follow content is through Mosaiscope's™ Store. Near limitless amounts of freely available and followable content can be found here. The Store has a lot to offer, thus there are several pieces of the store experience to understand to get the most out of using it. 

The Mosaiscope™ Store

The Mosaiscope™ Store is the easiest and most convenient place to find and add content you want to subscribe to in Mosaiscope™. In the vertical side menu touch/click on the shopping-basket to make your way to the store. 

The store defaults to Topics but you can easily switch to seeing Sources by touching/clicking on the tab at the top.

In either section you will see at the top two ribbons. The top ribbon displays "Featured" content that we, the Mosaiscope™ Team enjoys and things you might want to get a better look at. This includes phenomenal content from all over the world. 

The second ribbon is "Popular". These sites are some of the most subscribed to feeds on the Mosaiscope™ platform. They are also very diverse and give you a peak at what a lot of our users really love to read. 

The third section you will encounter is the "All" section. Whether under Topics or Sources, the "All" section is the cart-blanch browsing option. There you can look through the thousands of Topics and Sources we have conveniently available to you. This can quickly become overwhelming so right at the top we also have the "Search" eyeglass available. It allows you to cut through all the content to get to exactly what you want to find. 

Using the Search function in the "All" section can get you exactly what you were looking for almost instantly. 

There is also a "Search" icon that permanently lives in the vertical side menu. You have access to this just about everywhere in the Mosaiscope™ application. If using it in the "Store" state (which is what it defaults to, vs being in the "My Content" state) it gives you easy access to all the same Topics and Sources results you might look for while in the store, with the added benefit of having both Topics and Sources results listed together in one list (although still separated by Topic and Source headers).

Overall, the store is the best way to find and follow content in Mosaiscope™. And, yes, it is possible that among our thousands of Topics and Sources you still might not find exactly what you are looking for. If you find yourself in that situation you can always add the specific RSS feed for the exact source you want to follow. From there, open "Search" from the vertical side menu and paste it in the RSS feed from the site you want to follow. We will scour site and add the exact feed you want to follow. 

In the end you will have the most complete news and interest reading experience possible, with more content to explore any time you want just a tap/click away in the Mosaiscope™ Store. 

How To: Sources

Have a site you specifically want to follow and don't want to miss a single post from? Mosaiscope™ makes it easy to keep up with these sites, blogs, forums, comments, content.... 

Simply go to our built in Store and browse all the incredible content we have available. Or, search for something specific. We have all the most popular sites, and some incredibly esoteric and obscure ones, already linked in our store.

Still not finding exactly what you want. Not a problem. You can add the feed of whatever site you want. If they have an RSS feed you can subscribe to it. Just look for either the word "RSS" on the page or an image of the RSS icon. Copy the URL of the RSS feed specifically and paste it in the universal search built into Mosaiscope™ (from the vertical side menu). We will connect you to the feed and you can follow and enjoy!

How To: Topics

Don't have a specific Source or website you want to follow, but rather would like to follow a Topic more generally (like "World News", or "Tech", or "Photography"...). It's easy in Mosaiscope™. 

Simply, go to our built in Store and browse all the incredible Topics we have, or quickly search all available topics. 

You can also search for a Topic (as well as Sources) anytime you want by choosing the Search icon from the vertical side menu. Searching there gives you instant access to all our Topics and Sources.

How To: Use Email Subscribe™

Email Subscribe™ is an incredibly powerful feature of Mosaiscope™ +Plus. You must be a Mosaiscope™ +Plus subscriber to have access to this feature, once the initial 3 month trial ends.

Email Subscribe™ is the most powerful, and appropriate, way to regain control of your inbox by pulling out all the emails newsletter, offer emails, and product update and info emails and sending them to a more appropriate place. Your Mosaiscope™ Email Subscribe™. We give you a special email address that you can either forward emails to (it's good to set up an auto mail-forwarding and deleting rule if you do it this way), or to sign up directly to the emails newsletter, offer emails, and product update and info emails so they flow directly to your Mosaiscope™ Email Subscribe™. 

Emails are auto-deleted after 14 days, so you don't have to worry about it being just another inbox that you have to tend to. Email Subscribe™ was built with the intention of making itself much simpler than your usual inbox. With the built in Share feature you can always forward the message on to yourself, friends, family, co-workers..., whoever. So, when you come across that incredible offer, or email newsletter you just have to share, we have you covered. 

Also, if you don't continue your subscription to Mosaiscope™ +Plus to get access to your Email Subscribe™ anymore, don't fret. We just bounce the emails to your account email address so you don't end up loosing anything. This gives you the opportunity to update those subscriptions back to your native email address, or turn off the mail forwarding and deleting rule, or to sign back up for Mosaiscope™ +Plus. It's up to you!

How To: Pinpoint Bookmarking™

Pinpoint Bookmarking™ is an incredibly powerful feature of Mosaiscope™ Plus. You must be a Mosaiscope™ Plus subscriber to have access to this feature. If you are not a Mosaiscope™ Plus subscriber you can learn more here>>

Also, as of this writing (2016-03-08), Pinpoint Bookmarking™ is only available through the v2.0 or later version of the iOS app. We are working on making this feature available through the web app version of the service by making a web-extension/web-plugin for all major browsers. TBD on timing of these releases. It will also be available in a future Android version of the app. 

Pinpoint Bookmarking™ was introduced with v2.0 of the iOS app. It allows you, down to the word or punctuation, to bookmark where you left off in an article. Making it incredibly easy to pickup exactly where you left off in that article. You can pick up a minuet later or months later.

This is incredibly helpful with both very long and even short articles. Whether being distracted and needing to save your place or needing to break up the reading of a huge long-read article, the Pinpoint Bookmarking™ feature is there to help.

Simply go all the way into an article (so, click on the headline, then either click/touch the "Read More" button at the bottom of the page or click/touch the "Link" icon [looks like a small chain link and can be see in the bottom right side of the Reader View black bar at the bottom of the screen] to get to the full webpage of the article). 

Once in the Reader View, and all the way on the webpage to see the full article, just long-touch on the word where you want to set the Pinpoint Bookmark™ (NOTE: due to an oddity in the iOS operating system, the menu will likely NOT show up the first time you highlight the word you are trying to bookmark at. You will likely have to touch off the word to make the highlighting go away, and then long-touch on the word again to get the menu to appear. Annoying, we know, but part of how Apple has this feature set up currently). The menu will appear and you will see that one of the choices is "Bookmark". Select "Bookmark" and the screen will flash, the word(s)/punctuation you have selected will be highlighter teal green, a teal green arrow will be pointing down from the top of the screen directly to your highlighted item and, for a moment, a confirmation alert will flash on the screen saying "Success! Article Has Been Pinpoint Bookmarked™". You will also notice that when you leave the article and go back out to the Headline View that there will be a small green "Pinpoint Bookmark™" icon placed right next to the author and time line, indicating that the item has a Pinpoint Bookmark™ placed on it. 

You can find all your Pinpoint Bookmarked™ items in the Priority Articles section of Mosaiscope™ (touch on the Flag icon in the vertical side menu on the left side of the screen to get to your Priority Articles section) and then click on the "Bookmarked" tab at the top of the screen to see all your Pinpoint Bookmarked™ articles grouped together.

To un-Pinpoint Bookmark™ an item and article, simply go into the article until you can see the highlighted word(s)/punctuation and right near the tip of the bookmark you will see an "X" inside a circle near the bookmark tip. Touch on that and it will remove the bookmark.

A great additional feature, especially if your Pinpoint Bookmark™ is further down the page, is that there is a fast scroll feature that can get you right to your Pinpoint Bookmarked™. You will notice that in these situations there will be a downward facing arrow inside a circle within the teal green strip of the Pinpoint Bookmark™ near the bottom of the page. Simply touch on that and it will auto-scroll you right to your Pinpoint Bookmark™ so you can get to where you left off even more quickly. 

NOTE: We, on occasion, also refer to Pinpoint Bookmarking™ as Precision Bookmarking™. This is due to that fact that bookmarking like this is so darn precise. Hopefully we don't confuse any of you on this. 

How To: Flag and un-flag an article

There are several ways to flag and un-flag an article:

  • When in the Headline View, either long press (touch device) or long click (through web on desktop) on any headline (about 1 second). The screen will flash and a confirmation alert will pop-up for a moment either telling you "Success! Article Has Been Flagged" or "Success! Article Has Been Unflagged" to positively confirm what has happened. You will also see a little green flag appear to the right of the author and time line if you are flagging an article (the little green flag will disappear if you are un-flagging the article).
  • On touch devices you can also, in the Headline View, slide your finger from right to left to reveal an additional menu. One of the items in that menu is the "flag" icon. Again, this will either flag or un-flag the article (depending on if the article was already flagged or un-flagged to start).
  • If you are in the Reader View (this is the view you see of the specific article when you click on an article headline. You start in the RSS Reader View of the article and you can click through to the full website to be in the Website Reader View. In both cases you will see a black bar across the bottom of the page with buttons on the left and right side of the black bar), click on the flag icon in the bottom right corner. The icon will turn green and you will get a confirmation alert pop-up for a moment telling you "Success! Article Has Been Flagged" (If the flag icon is already green that means it is flagged and thus clicking/touching it will un-flag it giving you the confirmation alert pop-up for a moment telling you "Success! Article Has Been Unflagged"). When you go out to the Headline View, if you flagged the article you will see a little green flag appear to the right of the author and time line indicating the article is flagged (the little green flag will disappear if you are un-flagging the article).

ISSUE: Email Subscribe™ Forward & Redirect does not work the way I would expect

If you are forwarding or redirecting messages from your email client and you are not seeing a properly formatted, HTML style, email show up in your Email Subscribe™, that is, unfortunately an issue with the way many email clients handle forwarding and redirecting messages. 

It is very unintuitive, as if you personally forward a message in your inbox directly to your Email Subscribe™ address, the message more or less comes across as you would expect. This would leave any reasonable person with the mindset that if they set up a rule to forward or redirect messages to their Email Subscribe™ address that it would work exactly the same as hand forwarding or redirecting. This is where it gets frustrating, as most email clients actually strip out the HTML formatting when forwarding or redirecting automatically. 

Unfortunately, there is no hidden checkbox to tell it not to do this. To truly get the message into your Email Subscribe™ account with the intended formatting the primary way to do that is to subscribe directly with your Email Subscribe™ email address. Unfortunately, there is currently no other way around this. 

ISSUE: I'm seeing a lot of crashes with the Add to Home Screen web app I use. What's up with that?

We have noticed that, for those customers that use the web app version of Mosaiscope, specifically those customers who have used the "Add to Home Screen" feature to make it feel even more like a native app, that after a few updates on our side that that creates a clash with some of the data that is saved about the web app when using the "Add to Home Screen" feature. The best way to solve this is to delete the "Add to Home Screen" web app from your phone or tablet's screen and then to re-add it through your browser as it will have the most updated code in it and eliminate the code clashing issues. 

How To: Make the vertical side menu appear?

For users on smaller screened devices the vertical side menu actually hides when scrolling down the page (when moving towards the bottom of the page). It then unhides (reveals itself) when you scroll up the page (when moving towards the bottom of the page).

We are currently working to allow the action where you can swipe from the screen edge towards the center of the screen and the vertical side menu will reveal itself. The timeline for implementing this is still TBD.