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Why You Should Use an RSS

5 Reasons Why You Should Use an RSS (Religiously)

Fact: The Internet is overwhelming. There are millions of articles being published, photos being uploaded, status updates being posted, and tweets being tweeted every single day. An RSS reader can help you stay afloat and consume the Internet from one hub — whether you are a casual surfer who uses the web to catch up on email, news, and celebrity gossip, or a full fledged Internet junky who spends all day on Flickr, Facebook, and reddit. Most GeekSugar readers say they're already using a reader, but I am constantly preaching to unconvinced friends. And so, I dedicated this post to you uninitiated, on-the-fencers. Find out why you should hop on the train when you read more.

  1. It Will Keep You Organized — You can organize your favorite sites into different folders, so all your tech blogs can go in one area and all your celebrity or fitness news sources can go in another. Readers are also great for research and keeping on top of intense densely-written websites you may have to read for work.
  2. You Can Read News Offline — Most readers allow an offline option where you receive updates while online, and then read the sites offline, say during your commute to work or while on a plane. Here's a guide to using Google Reader offline.
  3. You Can Access Your Reader Via Your Phone — With Viigo on your BlackBerry, you can have a full RSS reader on your phone, plus, once you become a registered user, you can specify your interests to receive customized alerts and updates. If you are an iPhone or other smartphone user you can easily access your reader via the web.
  4. You Can Secretly Follow (Stalk?) Friends Online — Do you want to follow someone's updates on Twitter, but don't necessarily want them to see that you're following them? Or maybe you're reluctant to join Twitter, but still would like to see what someone is tweeting. You can actually add someone's Twitter feed to your RSS reader. You can do the same thing with personal blogs, Flickr accounts, or any web page that offers an RSS feed.
  5. Share Your Favorite Stories With Friends — Most readers offer simple share options that allow you to click on a story and make it available to your friends or let you click on a button and send an email to friends when you come across that video. The sharing options are easier than copying and pasting the URL into an email and sending that to friends.
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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I use one and I think it's saving me a lot of time. I miss the individual designs of the blogs though!
thecolor thecolor 6 years
Unfortunately a problem is rising with many posters... they are forcing us to their website to finish the story, which really breaks many functions of the aggregation, organization, speed and sharing of readers. I religiously use it, and frequently (not always) skip articles that are not fully in-tact (just 'cause I don't want to clutter and pop open a new tab or window to finish the article or simply read it all together). So then, it becomes a game of REALLY good catch snips or subject lines. If it sucks or is not catchy, then readers will skip it all together. Sadly, I feel I may miss allot of news that way, but don't feel I'd rather miss it then deal with the hassle. Additionally, some of the plugins/extensions that say they'll grab the rest of the story (for FF and chrome) don't do it well enough... so, we're back to square one, skipping it. I understand the reason (cross marketing and or getting the ads our there)... but it really destroys the ability to keep it all in one place and simply adhere to the 5 reasons above. :(
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