My Taptu has three different ways to find and add streams to it: through our StreamStore, which has more than 13,000 streams and counting, through Google Reader, and by searching. We’ve broken down here the best ways to use these three resources:
1) StreamStore: The StreamStore is where you will find the most popular feeds from blogs and publishers and mixed streams we’ve curated. These are organized as Featured and by Topics. In the Featured section you can add streams from the most popular blogs and publishers. The Topics section is organized as a directory, letting you browse and add streams by subject.
2) Searching for Streams: You can also search for a stream by typing its name in the search box located in the StreamStore. If we have it in the StreamStore, it will be pulled up in the search results. If we do not, My Taptu gives you the option of using Bing RSS search to pull up the feed.
Please note that when you pull up feeds from Bing RSS, you may not see the images associated with the stories immediately, especially if no one else has added the stream. It takes a short period of time for My Taptu to crawl and return the images.
3) Google Reader: You can add up to 30 of your favorite streams from Google Reader, located just under the search box in StreamStore. Google Reader synch is very handy for those feeds you know are less popular and may not be pulled up in our Bing RSS search results or in the StreamStore search. Google Reader is especially useful for adding non-English language feeds to My Taptu.
In conclusion, StreamStore Featured and Topics sections are best for the most popular streams from blogs and mainstream publishers. Searching is great when you know exactly what you want, or if you can’t find it under Featured or Topics. Bings RSS search is great for feeds not found in the StreamStore. Lastly, Google Reader is most useful for feeds not found in the StreamStore or Bing RSS, and also for non-English language feeds.
If you have any problems adding streams, please give us a shout and we’ll try to help you out. You can reach us on @taptu on Twitter, on our Facebook page, and on our communities help page. Thanks again for using My Taptu!