I forget exactly what first spurred me on to becoming a RSS addict, though it was probably a Lifehacker article and my love for podcasts on iTunes. All I know is that RSS (and Feedly to be more specific) is the greatest thing to ever happen to me as far as completely changing how I interact with the internet.
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, and basically functions as a way to quickly read posts from almost any kind of website in a quicker and far simpler way. Before I used Feedly, I was one of those people who would sit down in my computer chair and immediately open twenty different websites to check for the latest news and information. RSS feeds cure that sort of behavior providing a single location that aggregates the feeds of any website you choose.
If you aren’t using RSS yet, then I don’t believe you are using the internet correctly.
The benefit of an app like Feedly is that it sexies up your RSS feed and adds a nice amount of added features. Instead of just providing a means to collect news stories from my favorite sites and blogs, it also lets me share those stories more easily with friends and family on almost any social network, or archive them for later reading. It also works great on tablets and smartphones, so I never am too far away from my feed.
For blogging, it is especially helpful to have something like Feedly. I am almost immediately up to date on the latest gaming news at all times, which leaves me with more time to think over how I might report a particular story that I believe is important. Feedly keeps me in touch. It also helps because RSS feeds are increasingly popular and being able to write a blog post in such a way that can better appeal to the typical RSS user helps keep those viewers who will consistently read your work consistently returning.
I have tried a lot of RSS feeders outside of Feedly, but it’s my favorite hands-down. Feedly’s major purpose is being my main RSS feeder for the topics that are most important to me on a daily basis.I do use a few others for more specific reasons, however.
I use Pulse on my smartphone as an aggregate for a variety of cooking websites. I don’t want to read recipes everyday, but when I get around to it, it’s nice to have a collected and varied set to browse. I also use Google Currents, but only for straight news sites that I read very infrequently. I am also doing some experimentation with Flipboard as a replacement for the broad news-centric usage I get out of Google Currents, but with the added benefit of aggregating my social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Google+).
All four apps can be used as your sole RSS app, if you’d prefer though. They each have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it really just takes some simple trial and error to decide which one is the best fit for you. Feedly just has the best cross-platform performance, which I find too necessary to ignore. But if you’ll never read your RSS on your computer or you want to exclusively read it on your tablet or phone, Pulse, Google Currents, and Flipboard are all excellent options.
I only recently added my own blog to my Feedly, and was surprised to see it listed as one that a couple of other people had already added. To those viewers, I humbly thank you for giving me a really warm feeling of excitement and satisfaction. To everyone else, try out RSS and consider making Game Delver a staple of your daily information diet!
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