RSS Feed

There is a very useful tool on the internet these days that you may not be taking advantage of (if you already use RSS Feed, then this post is not for you).

It is called RSS Feed, short for Really Simple Syndication.

What it does is very, obviously, really simple! The first thing that you have to do is obtain to a reader. I suggest Goggle Reader.

Once you have your reader, then go to your favorite blogs/newspapers (this blog, for example). There should be a link somewhere on the site which says RSS Feed. There is also an icon for it that looks like this: (insert RSS Feed picture here).

Simply click on it. Then one of two things will come up:

The first is a list of different readers. Once you have found the reader that you use, click it, and then it will take you to the reader. After that, hit the subscribe button, and then all the new things on that page will automatically come in.

Before, you had to go to all of your favorite blogs and news sites to get the newest information. That is what I did until I watched this.

Before you had to go to all of your favorite blogs and news sites to get the newest information. That is what I did until I watched that video, and I highly suggest you watch it; Lee really does a great job with his videos. That wastes valuable time, which is something that no one likes. Now ,the posts come to you, making for a much easier and enjoyable experience.

All that you have to do is choose a reader. I suggest Google Reader, but any of them works. Then, go to your favorite blogs and news sites and look for either a orange icon with white lines through it or something that says something like “Hey, subscribe to my feed!”

After you click on one of those, you will be taken to one of two pages. The first is a page which will ask which reader you use. Simply click on the reader that you use, and you will be taken to the your reader. Click on “subscribe,” and all of the new posts from that blog/news site will go straight to your reader. The other will be a coded document, which may look a little confusing. Don’t worry: Copy the html and paste it into your add subscription button in your reader, and you will get all the ‘news.’

Another great feature on Google Reader (I’m not sure if it’s on the other Reader’s, since I don’t use them) is the “bookmark subscription,” which allows you to subscribe to your bookmarks. This will also save you a chunk of time because you won’t have to go to your favorite websites everyday.

Also, before you had to bookmark your favorite pages or pages that you wanted to come back to. Now, Goggle Reader, a staple of Goggle now, let’s you star those pages, for easier access, because they would get mixed up with the front pages of sites to get to quicker, but not to get to specific posts.

I hope that you get Google Reader, see you tomorrow, and bye!

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