Many don’t fully understand the concept of RSS (“Really Simple Syndication”) feeds. I won’t bore you with another description of what RSS is, as I’ve previously addressed that in a prior post, “Using RSS Feeds to your Advantage”. You can also learn how to use RSS feeds in unique ways with my post, “Six Creative Uses for RSS.” However, I would like to further explain it in a language more people may understand.
An individual can utilize sites that offer RSS feeds in two ways, through an RSS reader, or through email. When you subscribe to a feed through email, you receive an email message each and every time the site or blog you subscribed to is updated. Depending on how many sites you are subscribed to, and how often these sites are updated, this could lead to several emails each week notifying you of new content.
In comparison, a RSS reader is like a second email inbox (with no email address) for all of your educational content. If you frequently search the web for certain content, or are an individual who looks for email newsletters to subscribe to to receive information on a certain topic, then I strongly, strongly recommend that you sign up for an RSS reader. After a while, it’ll be the go to place when you’re searching for a piece of information.
Now, don’t forget, if you don’t currently subscribe to many blogs and do not have a feed reader, you can still subscribe via email.
So, without further ado, here are my top 4 reasons to subscribe to sites using RSS or email:
- SAVES YOU TIME: You don’t have to check each of your 100 favorite sites when you open up your laptop or turn on your desktop- your RSS reader / email will do it for you.
- YOU WON’T MISS ANYTHING: any new news will be in your RSS reader or email when you find the time to look through it. You won’t miss out on anything.
- TURN YOUR FAVORITE SITES INTO A SEARCHABLE DATABASE: With an RSS reader or a gmail account, you can search each and every entry since you’ve been subscribed to be able to find exactly what you know you saw.
- GET THE PERKS: Some blogs will provide their RSS subscribers (through a reader or email) with extra information and offers that those who are not subscribed can not access.