Saturday, September 13, 2008

RSS is Love.

After learning about a number of Internet inventions in class recently, I've come to the conclusion that the Internet really is here to make our lives easier.

We're in the age of information overload. Because of the Internet, everybody has the opportunity to be a source of information with the use of blogs. Blogs are websites where users can post entries about anything. There are all sorts of blogs out there: news, celebrity gossip, entertainment, sports, consumer commentary, and personal blogs; just to name a few. With all the availability of information on the internet, how can we even try to keep up?

That's where RSS feeds and readers come in to play.

Almost every news source (website or blog) gives you the option to subscribe to their RSS feed (usually, with an awesome orange button like the one pictured above). Once you are subscribed, anytime a new entry is posted on that feed, you are instantly able to see that on your reader. The news comes directly to you, without having to click all over the world wide web just to keep up with your chosen news source. If you have yet to get yourself a reader I recommend Bloglines or Google Reader. It really does make life easier!

After all, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Doesn't get any more simple than that.

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