A content reader can be really useful when you want your favorite content to come straight to you, but there might be a lot of interesting information you don’t even know exists. This is why we have invested a lot of time developing Inoreader’s search capabilities, keeping in mind the reasons our readers might have to search.
Searching on Inoreader
Accessing search has never been easier - just click on the search bar in the top left-hand corner of Inoreader and start typing. You will see a list of suggested results, including more specific suggestions on the nature of your search, so that you can quickly access feeds, articles, bundles or users that match your query.
The options’ names are quite explanatory, so you’ll probably navigate easily between them. When you search for articles in your feeds, you’ll be accessing the full archive for your feeds, not just the recent article list from the last month. You can access all search options, including match type, content and article age filtering and results sorting from the right-hand search menu. A bit more on the technical side of search in Inoreader can be found here.
You will quickly see that you also have the option to search for Twitter and Google+ network feeds. For both of those services to work, you will have to connect your social accounts - Inoreader will helpfully remind you to do that when you first access the specific search results tab:You can also take charge and go to Preferences - Integration to connect all your social accounts.
Once you connect your accounts, you’ll be able to subscribe to a bunch of useful social feeds like:
- Twitter users, searches, lists or your own Home feed - the first two you can access straight from search. For lists, you have to copy and paste the list URL in the search feed. A link for subscribing to your Home feed can be found in your Preferences menu, under the Integrations tab:
- Google+ users, pages or searches - all of these are accessible through the Google+ tab in search results:
Search shines the most when it helps you find useful content you were not aware of before - this is where Global Search comes in handy. It allows you to search in all public feeds that Inoreader indexes.
So, let’s say you’re a Star Wars fan and you’re subscribed to a bunch of movie news sites, but you want more? You can search in all public articles, in order to find out more than your subscriptions are saying about the upcoming Episode VII movie:
Global Search can be used only by Professional users.
Active Search is a way to stay on top of the content stream and see everything on a given topic. Active searches are updated constantly with the newest results that match your query. You can create an active search from any article search on Inoreader - just click the button on the search page and get the results straight in your profile:
Active Search can be really helpful in many aspects, especially when you tie it together with Global Search - say, when you want to monitor what people are saying about your business online or when you just need to know all the news about Terry Pratchett and his books (those are both real-world examples from my personal account).