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Staying current with RSS news feeds

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September 21st, 2009
If you re a regular visitor to the Internet you probably have favorite sites you go to on a regular basis. And those favorite websites can grow into the hundreds quickly becoming too hard to keep track of and too time consuming to visit individually. But there is a way to streamline your Web surfing and still get your daily dose of all that s fit to browse. Using a Web technology called Really Simple Syndication (RSS), you can set up a live, frequently updated news feed for your favorite websites that offer RSS functionality. When a website offers these feeds it is said to be syndicated, which saves you time by not having to visit each site individually to see if fresh content has been added. Go to one of your websites and look for the orange RSS icon in the website address field near the top of your browser window or a link somewhere on the webpage. Click on the RSS icon or link and it will usually launch a window that lets you add the website to a list of popular RSS readers, like My Yahoo or Google Reader (which require a free account sign-up). After you ve signed up to the reader, you will be able to subscribe to a website s feed just by clicking on its RSS icon or link. Then whenever you log into your reader you ll see a dynamic running chronological listing of all of your feeds presented as a webpage with article titles and summaries you can click on. If the title or summary doesn t grab your interest you can skip it and move to the next listing without having wasted time by actually going to the website, only to discover it wasn t something you wanted to read after all. To get you started, here is a current list of the most popular RSS readers, most of which are Web based, but some are also downloadable desktop applications.
  • Awasu
  • Bloglines
  • Feed Demon
  • Google Reader '
  • Klipfolio '
  • My Yahoo
  • NewsGator '
  • RSS Bandit '
  • RSS Captor
  • RSS Reader '
  • Sage '
  • Snarfer