For readers who track RSS feeds (and if you don’t, why don’t you?) the Sage feed reader for Firefox (and if you don’t why don’t you?) is back, in the form of Sage Too.

Here’s the description from the Fx extension page:

Sage-Too is a lightweight RSS and Atom feed aggregator extension for Mozilla Firefox. It’s got more of what you need and not much of what you don’t.

  • Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds
  • Feed Discovery
  • Integrates with Firefox’s bookmark storage and Live Bookmarks
  • Imports and exports OPML feed lists
  • Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets
  • Technorati and RSS search engine integration
  • Support for the following locales: Argentine Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish

I like Sage Too for several reasons, the principal one being that it integrates with Firefox in such a way that I don’t notice it unless I want it.  Hitting the hotkey sequence Alt+Z pops it out in a sidebar, and clicking on the feed opens the summary page in the active tab.  There is a brief blurb describing the new feed, and clicking on the title will open it in a new window or tab, depending on how you have your tab choices set.

Another great feature (for me) is that Sage Too stores its data in the Firefox bookmarks folder.  Since I use the Foxmarks add-on, I can go to any computer running Firefox (that I trust), install Foxmarks, sync the bookmarks, install Sage Too, and I’m “at home” for browsing and reading all my blog and news feeds.  Since I use Scribefire for most of my composition and store my work in either Google Docs or Google Notebook, one more download of Scribefire and I’m in business totally, whether blogging, writing business letters, or whatever.

(BTW, have you checked out GooDocs new templates?  Groovy!)

Anyway, if you want a quick, simple, unobtrusive feed reader, Sage Too is a good choice for beginners and FeedHogs alike.  Y’know, thanks to Firefox and a couple of Google’s services, I’m rapidly becoming hardware-independent when it comes to everything but photo editing.  None of the online editors can do everything I need yet; the transmission rates are just too slow for cloning and some of the more data-intensive stuff, but the time is coming…