Thanks to Connected Internet's recent post on increasing blog comments, I added a site-wide Comments RSS feed for my RSS/Atom users. Now, when you leave a comment on my site, you will be notified about any and all replies without having to visit the specific post you commented on again. This is a great feature since I often leave comments on other blogs, but have no efficient way of tracking any replies to my thoughts. With RSS (Really Simple Syndication), communication between people gets a lot easier.
RSS Is Your Friend
Everyone should use RSS because it saves you tons of time, and drastically reduces the need to manually type-in URL addresses. Your favorite sites should already have RSS feeds, even if you didn't know about them already. By using Google's feed reader, I can selectively browse through hundreds of articles, picking the ones that interest me. On average, I check up on over 40 sites daily in less than 30 minutes. Most of that time is spent actively reading the posts. Just imagine if I had to type-in 40 different web addresses, and then search for newly updated content. That would be a waste of time and bandwidth!
I suspect a lot of my readers already utilize RSS 🙂 , but for those who haven't tried feed readers, you are probably wasting a considerable amount of time by browsing the old fashion way. So, start saving time (and money), and join the web 2.0 revolution.
Recommended Feed Readers
- Google Reader – Google offers the best feed reading capabilities hands down. I highly recommended their aggregation services.
- Bloglines – Very capable feed reading service. Only #2 to Google IMO.
I've only used Google and Bloglines for RSS services, but there are plenty of other aggregators out there as well. Try searching Google for “rss reader.”
Tarik Pierce is the founder of InvestorTrip.com and regularly contributes articles to this website.
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