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RSS Feeds

I mentioned RSS feeds 2 posts ago. They are an amazing way to save time reading about technology, or most any other topic. You can pick and choose what you want. Of course you will need an RSS reader. You can go here at CNET to find the one you like. I was pleased to see that my favorite, Desktop Sidebar, is the #1 downloaded reader. Then you can do one of two things to collect your feeds. As you surf the web, you will see little orange buttons with either XML or RSS. This means, that what you are reading is available as an RSS feed. You simply click that orange button and you will see a screen of what is called XML code. Don’t worry, you don’t have to understand it. With Desktop Sidebar, you click on the same orange button in the Internet Explorer bar and you have added that site to your feeds. The second method is to go to RSS sites and choose from the many topice. Here is an example of Yahoo’s . Another site is Syndic8.com. Many of the Home Page we bsites have the same feature, such as Google, Yahoo and MSN. This will consolidate all the news that you’re interested in reading. And none of what you’re not interested in reading. RSS feeds are a big part of blogging. Rather that going back to check a site every day to see if there is a new post, you can add the blog to your feed. Then as new posts are added, you will see them in your reader. The marketing potential for RSS gets very interesting. Rather than sending what we think the customer wants, imagine them picking the feeds that they want. Every time something changes on the web site. It automatically changes the information for every single customer who has signed up for that feed.Â

How to stay informed with Desktop Sidebar

Many people ask me how do I know so much about gadgets, or what is going on in the world of technology. It is really quite simple. I don’t spend hours surfing for information. I use something called RSS which stands for Really Simple Syndication. Basically it is a standard to feed news headlines to you. There are a multitude of RSS readers out there. Some website home pages, such as MSN and Yahoo now allow you to add RSS feeds to your home page. My favorite tool is Desktop Sidebar. This great little tool has a large number of “panels”. I choose to use the News, Weather and Stock panels. The news panel is the RSS reader. The panel sits at the side of your Windows desktop and scrolls through the headlines from the RSS links you have chosen. When you mouse over a headline, a small window opens with the summary of the article. If you want to see the actual web page you simply click on the headline and you open the web page. I personally like the newspaper function. You click on this button at the top of the news panel and it shows every headline for every news item you are linked to. In a matter of 10 minutes I can be up to date on what is going on for the day. I will spend more details on where to get the RSS feeds on future posts.