A newsletter reader wrote to me this week saying that she was canceling her subscription because she "didn't have time to read it." I am not surprised that she is canceling as we live in busy times and many of us have multiple demands on our time. However, what bothered me is that she apparently was reading the newsletter online, the old-fashioned and SLOWEST way of reading it.
Using an RSS newsreader will save a LOT of time when reading this newsletter as well as saving time on thousands of other web sites.
Almost all blogs are available in RSS format, as are thousand of news sites, weather reports, stock market services, sports reports, and other web sites that provide information that changes or is updated frequently.
To use RSS, you need two things: (1.) an RSS feed from the web site and (2.) an RSS reader, sometimes called a newsreader. Newsreaders are available in two forms: (1.) software you install in your computer or (2.) software that runs on a web server someplace and does not require any software to be installed in your computer. Examples of web-based RSS newsreaders include Google Reader, Yahoo Reader, Bloglines, NewsIsFree, and others.
Almost all RSS newsreaders are available free of charge.
If you would like to save time every day, you might want to read my earlier article, A Really Simple Explanation of Really Simple Syndication (RSS), at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/a-really-simple-explanation-of-really-simple-syndication-rss.html