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…Today is RSS Awareness Day?

RSS Awareness Day

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is “a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts”.

The main reason people use RSS is that it allows them to subscribe to sites that they like, and then view that site’s content without actually viewing the site itself. This can be a huge time saver when you’re following a large number of different sites, and allows you to automatically receive new content when it’s available.

For an impressively clear explanation, check out the following video:

To get started with RSS, you’ll need an RSS reader. Many people either use Google’s free online reader, Google Reader, or any of the NewsGator products.

Next, you’ll need to find RSS feeds to subscribe to. Most of your favorite sites probably already have them, so just keep an eye out for the RSS symbol:

RSS Icons

If you’re using Firefox, check the address bar, as Firefox automatically looks for an RSS feed and places the RSS logo in the address bar if it finds one.

Once you click on that symbol, you’ll typically be taken to a site that allows you to select your subscription options. It shouldn’t take more than a few clicks, and then you should be all configured and ready to go.

(If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the DYH RSS Feed for all of the latest and greatest DYH content.)

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…NewsGator is now free?

Free NewsGator

As a frequent user of both NetNewsWire and FeedDemon, I was excited to read that NewsGator has decided to give away its entire suite of award-winning RSS readers for free to individual users, including NetNewsWire, FeedDemon, NewsGator Inbox, and NewsGator Go!

One of the key benefits to using NewsGator products is that they can be set them up so that they automatically synchronize with each other, meaning you can run multiple programs on multiple computers, and if you read a story on one, it will automatically be marked as read on all of the others.

Very GTD.

If you haven’t already, then now is a better time than any to join the RSS revolution.

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…NetNewsWire is perfect?

NetNewsWire

On a daily basis, NetNewsWire is the program that I use to keep this blog running as I sort through a thousand plus stories per day via RSS.

Thankfully, it never disappoints, and NewsGator has done an excellent job of making everything work the way it should.

Shawn Blanc agrees, and has posted a great run through of the features that set NNW apart, so if you’ve got a Mac, and you read blogs by RSS (as you should) then definitely give NetNewsWire a try.

It’s that good.

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[Shawn Blanc – NetNewsWire: Just What You Wanted]