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RSS-esque [Aug. 1st, 2005|01:45 pm]
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Into every life a few tipping points must fall. The whole RSS craze has been going for some time now. At my advanced age I've spent sweat learning stuff only to have it become obsolete so many times that I've learned to just ignore stuff until they're on my own personal critical path, or they become so blindingly easy to use that I can use them without thinking hard.

Well, thanks to Google, anyone can use RSS feeds. If you have a google account (e.g. you have a GMail account) you have a customized home page. In the upper left hand corner is a link labeled 'Add Content.' One of the things you can add is the URL of any RSS feed. Then you can drag a box with the RSS feed around until you have things arranged the way you like them.

So it's an easy, straightforward way to have an RSS feed you can access anywhere there's a browser and web access, and you can get other crap like the local weather as well. The only moderately heavy lifting involved is finding the RSS feed URLS -- a lot of sites have RSS feeds but don't really advertise them. Luckily google search generally finds these for you if you search on 'site:somesite.com rss"

Once again I have to say Google comes up with cool stuff that's very easy to use. When was the last time Microsoft did that?
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[User Picture]From: alicetiara
2005-08-01 07:10 pm (UTC)
You know you can add RSS feeds to your Friends list as well, right? That's how I keep up with blogs that are too infrequently updated to bother actually going to every day.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2005-08-01 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I actually have a couple of feeds in my LJ, but LJ doesn't give you the sort of headline overview you can check at a glance.
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From: keph
2005-08-01 08:54 pm (UTC)

I love RSS and pretty much only use that to deal with blogs.
They must serve full feeds with formatting though. I do not like the headline and leader only feeds.

I use an app called newsfire which has some nice integration across osx into safari, mail, and blogging tools.

Some of the reason I prefer it:

1. I don't have to hop between sites, especially nice on sites that update less frequently.
2. Stores a searchable history.
3. Easy entry tagging for future reference, follow-up.
4. Off-line reading and reference (I travel a fair amount with my laptop).

I only use it for blogs, for my news I still visit a selection of media outlets.

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[User Picture]From: marmoset
2005-08-01 10:51 pm (UTC)
If the site you're visiting has it's shit together, it supports feed autodiscovery, and all you should need to do is point Google's subscription dingus at the target site's main page to find the feeds.
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