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Knowledge from RSS Feeds

Knowledge from RSS Feeds

Using an RSS reader to subscribe to RSS feeds from web pages is currently one of the most efficient ways to accumulate knowledge from domains (areas of information) that are rapidly changing and being updated frequently.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it provides a standard for feeding out updates to web pages that can be selected by a reader. The reader provides a user the means to find feeds from web pages and select the ones they want to read and have the feeds presented for reading. Each article is usually presented in a synopsis format with a link to the full article. The reader can scan the synopsis and make a decision to read the entire article or not. The most interesting articles can usually be tagged for later consumption. Key word searches can help find specific areas of interest.

In order to absorb most knowledge, you still have to read the web page. But, the real advantage to using RSS is found in the increased speed and efficiency in finding the pages you want to read. When you use a search engine to find articles, you may need to wade through many pages of junk to find one gem worth keeping. Then, when you find a site that has many articles with good knowledge in them, you bookmark the page and keep checking back to see if there is anything of interest. With an RSS reader, once you find a good site, you subscribe to the feed and the content comes to you.

It becomes easy to “over subscribe” to RSS feeds and find yourself once again deluged with a large task of wading through a large list of articles that do not interest you. It can be useful to “tag” or “star” or mark the most interesting articles and then periodically review the list of articles from each site to see how many were marked as interesting. The sites that produce few or no interesting articles can be un-subscribed, limiting the number of articles to review.

Google Reader – [google.com]

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