There are many different ways to track what’s going on in the blogosphere. A while back we talked about Real Simple Syndication or RSS. Simply put, portions of every blog post on most platforms have information that can be read and digested by other applications so that you can see pieces or the whole article of blog posts, news, weather, etc.
The great thing about RSS is that it lets you keep a pulse on what is being said across many different mediums. The question is, which method are you going to use to keep up to date?
Those of you that use Firefox have a build in feed reader, called Live Bookmarks. By simply dragging the orange icon in your Firefox 2.0 URL line onto your tool bar you have a list of bookmarks that represent recent articles or posts on the site that you’re visiting.
Firefox also has an assortment of add ons that are feed readers– like infoRSS, Wizz RSS News Reader, or Sage. I’ve used each of these, and each has their strong suit. The problem that I was having is that since I was using multiple PCs I had the tedious task of trying to make sure that things I bookmarked on one made it to the other and trying to figure out if I already read something or not was difficult.
I’ve since switched to Bloglines. There are a few really nice features I like about this service. Since it’s a web site, it keeps all of my RSS bookmarks from whatever computer I may be using. I can download (and have) a little tool that sits in my tray and checks for new posts or articles from the sites that I’m interested in. I can mark each item “Keep as new” if I don’t have time to read it right now. Best of all, it’s free and Firefox 2.0 integrates right in with it. Click the orange box, select Bloglines, and I’m all set up.
So, which RSS reader is for you? The one that you’ll use! Find one that fits your needs, and don’t forget to bookmark MInTheGap!