Ok. It is time to show my inner-geek (no comments please).There are a lot of great resources on the web. A LOT. So much, that one could spend his or her entire day looking through all of the great blogs and news sites and find many great articles, or just a few. Do you have that much time? I certainly don’t. So what is one to do?
Hello Google Reader. Google Reader is an RSS aggrigator. Its job is to take all of your favorite sites and bring them to you in summarized form as often as you would like. How does it work? Simple. Really simple. Actually that is what RSS stands for: Really Simple Syndication. Have you ever seen these icons on a site?
These icons are links for RSS feeds. The links that these feeds give you allow you to subscribe to the website’s news feeds with an RSS aggrigator. yada yada yada. The moral of the story is that you don’t have to search out your sites anymore to see if there is anything interesting on them. You can subscribe, and then they come to you.I recommend Google Reader because, 1. It is free, 2. It is easy to use, and 3. It plays nice with Gmail (Google’s email service), as well as many other Google services (e.g. Blogger, Google Calender, Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Picasa, and Google Talk). Once you subscribe to your favorite sites, all you have to do is go to Google Reader and check to see if there is anything you want to see. If not, fine. Do something productive with your time. If there are articles that you want to read, though, you can see an introduction to the article, or by clicking on the headline, you are taken to the actual site of the article.
Cool, eh? I’ve found this tool to be super-helpful in getting things done, while keeping up with the outer world. Hope this was helpful!