Stop spending hours looking for information online – have the information come to you. How can make this happen? By using Google Reader and RSS
What is RSS? RSS (real simple syndication) is the ability to “subscribe” to changes made on a website or blog. (Click here to view a video: RSS in Plain English)
First, you need to access your Google Reader. Go to http://www.google.com/reader and sign in with your Google Account. This is where all of your subscriptions will be stored.
If you are not aware of which websites have RSS feeds, you can search for them by clicking on Add Subscriptions” button and search for feeds. The search results will list websites that have RSS feeds for your topic. Choose the one that interests you by clicking on the “Subscribe” button to add this information to your reader. Now whenever that website has an update, you will be notified in your reader. Unread messages are saved in “bold” until you read them.
If the RSS feed in incorrect or no longer useful, you can unsubscribe and you will no longer receive updates in your Google Reader.
There is another way to add feeds to your Google Reader. When browsing on a website, look for the standard RSS icon for subscription options. Click on the standard RSS icon. Most blogs have feed autodiscovery enabled, meaning the site will automatically tell Reader where to find a blog’s feed. If this doesn’t work, you’ll have to add the URL of a site’s feed directly. Find the RSS logo on the site in question, click it, and copy and paste the link into the ‘add subscription’ box.
If you can’t find an RSS logo on the site, the site may not offer RSS feeds.
Once you get into the habit of subscribing for news or information, you will find that you search less. Stay up to date with breaking news, School updates, latest blog posts or news from your favorite website with RSS and Google Reader.
Once you become familiar with Google Reader, make sure you check out these cool features:
- Organizing your RSS feeds with folders and tabs
- Sharing interesting items with Friends or by email
- Adding Notesto your articles
- Accessing your RSS feeds on your mobile phone
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