Productivity Tip: RSS

I was reading Seth Godin’s blog yesterday and saw his post in defense of RSS following the usual echo chamber discussion on the subject:

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. It’s not particularly difficult to keep up with 200 blogs you care about in less than hour using an RSS reader.
  2. RSS provides home delivery. Instead of remembering where to click, or waiting for a post to get all buzzy and hot, the good stuff comes to you. Automatically and free.
  3. Subscribing to a blog is easy. Just click here for my blog, for example. In Newsfire, you can paste the URL of any blog and it automatically finds the RSS feed for you.

I could not agree more.

What’s RSS?
In simple terms it’s a technology that tells you when a website has new content.  The beauty of RSS is that you can browse the latest content from hundreds of sites in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it through your browser.
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If you have to read, monitor, surf, or browse large amounts of content every day.  RSS is an INVALUABLE time-saver.

I am a long time user (and fan) of the FeedDemon RSS reader. It’s a Windows application that makes reading, organizing and searching RSS feeds fast and easy.

There’s a free and paid version of FeedDemon – it’s worth every cent.

If you’re stressed about trying to keep up, get into RSS, it will save you time and money.