I came to the conclusion this week that I really like the advent of Really Simple Syndication (RSS). It’s taken me time to really see the advantages of RSS, but now I can’t imagine life without it. For those of you not on the bandwagon – don’t worry, I wasn’t for a long time – RSS offers you a way to stay updated with the world all from one place. It gives you headlines, updates and other news from your favorite websites. For instance, when I find myself visiting a website often, I begin to look for an RSS feed. Therefore, I won’t continue visiting the site as often if things don’t update in my RSS reader.
I also use RSS feeds to keep in touch with my friends’ current events, find jobs and most importantly: keep up with the news! Almost every news source has an RSS feed these days. Quite frankly, if you find one that doesn’t have an RSS feed, I’d be suspicious about their current event knowledge.
There are many RSS readers out there: bloglines, FeedBucket, and my favorite Google Reader. These are all web-based RSS readers, and you can download readers for your machine whether you’re on Mac, Windows or Linux. I don’t see a need to download software, however, because most of your reading will probably be done online anyway.
So take the leap, and get familiar with RSS!