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.