However, I’ve recently gone back through my RSS feeds, unsubscribed to a few, and will discipline myself to regularly check the fees throughout the day.
As a journalist my need to know what’s happening in the world to then report it to you – as related to small business technology – is quite a bit different than your need for content. But the idea is the same.
YOU need to know what’s going on in your industry, in your professional. Burying your head in dynamic Twitter feeds and email newsletters might not be the best way to manage streams of frequent inbound content.
RSS (more on this below) might be the better option – I’m finding this is best for me as well.
For those who don’t know – what is an RSS feed?
An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed is a way that web sites and blogs (or other online content systems) use to distribution their content to other systems. So for example, the NY Times web site has several RSS feeds for their various content areas. I use an RSS reader (such as Google Reader) to read these feeds. Instead of going to a variety of web sites, such as the NY Times I can read the NY Times content in the Google Reader.
Imagine me having 50 or 5,000 of my favorite online content sources (web sites, blogs, whatever has an RSS feed) fed to my through an RSS reader.
Why start using RSS again?
I’ve found that I’ve missed the rich content and article headlines of blogs. Although Twitter is great the immediacy of it means that if I miss a Tweet from someone (even though I can use NutShell Mail or some other service) there’s no way to know what I missed.
Using an RSS reader I can archive and know all the headlines of the digital content I’m interested in and not have to rely on the fast paced information flow of Twitter of LinkedIn.
So that’s that.
Here’s a list of 10 RSS Readers here.
Once you pick a reader, look for the ubiquitous RSS icon, on your favorite web site, which links to an RSS feed.
Next time, you won’t have to go to the web site to view it’s content, but can just use your RSS reader.