Getting the hottest news with RSS – Part 1

So much information, so little time.  Newspapers, magazines, podcasts, blog posts, books, webinars – we are overwhelmed with information from a myriad of sources.  Most of us probably have our “towers of shame”, those stacks of must-read books beside the bed or our favorite chair.

How would you like to be served filtered business, local and news, blog posts, videos,  and other items of interest, directly to your computer in real time?  An extremely simple and efficient way to manage day to day information is through the use of an RSS reader and subscriptions to RSS feeds.  RSS is Real Simple Syndication.  Most dynamic web content, blog posts, news from online sources, is offered via RSS feeds, as indicated by the RSS symbol at the beginning of the paragraph or, or the symbol in conjunction with a Subscribe request near the top of many  page .  RSS and RSS feeds are a little hard to explain, so let’s get some help from Common Craft:

The use of  RSS feeds will allow you to peruse a vast amount of information, in a shorter time. You can read items directly, save articles of interest, share items without reading, or delete entire blocks of items that may not be of interest.   There are many RSS readers to choose from.  They are offered in browsers, email clients, and as stand alone readers.  Once you have a grasp of RSS and how you will be using it, you should be able to find a reader that perfectly meets your needs.  I have been using Google Reader for years, and highly recommend it.   Start using it by clicking here.

In part 2 we will discuss where to find, filter and subscribe to useful, relevant content, and what to do with it.

Do you already get your news via RSS feeds?  Please share your experiences and techniques in the COMMENTS section below.

(first published: http://telivant.com/blog)

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