May 292008
 

I happen to think that RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is one of the coolest things since paper towels.  It’s a way to gather all your websites and blogs into one place instead of jumping from site to site and trying to remember to visit sites that aren’t updated very often.  A picture is worth 1000 words, so here is a screenshot of an RSS program:

RSS Reader gathers all your interests into one program

The above reflects a default screen with all the interests listed.  I’ll delete many of those when I configure it to my persoal tastes.  The point is, when you see a headline and summary that you think might interest you, simply click the headline and if you like, the article appears right inside the reader like so:

Keeping it neat: gathering all your interests in one place with RSS

With a really good RSS reader, you can configure and customize the settings 6 ways from Sunday.

I’ve tried several different readers, but my first choice has been and still is NewsGator FeedDemon.  I started with it many years ago and still like it.  They keep evolving and improving it and it is very configurable.  I tried the reader that you can access on Google and really didn’t find it to my tastes, but you can jump in where ever you want.

I think you’ll see the advantages to RSS with most any flavor of reader that you select.

UPDATE:  FeedDemon is no longer a product of NewsGator; the author sells the program directly.  It is still my favorite RSS Reader and I highly recommend it.  You can download the Free version and if you decide to unlock some of the features of the Pro version, you can purchase the program.  After purchase, just enter the activation code to unlock the Pro features.

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