virtual speed to information? Its a term I use for a higher level measurement of how quickly you can discover and use new information.. How quickly can you go to your top 20 websites and digest/save/use the new information that is relevant to your world? Yes, the faster your Internet connection the better chance you have of winning the info digesting contest. However, there are a set of tools that have been around a long time and are under utilized by many people. These tools give you the ability to skim a ton of information, to drill down quickly into relevant articles.
Read on and I’ll show you a technique that will enhance your Internet based research. It will move your topic awareness to the’ next level’. What is this technique? Has this author invented some slick super new software?
Roll back the curtain, because whats new is whats old. This technique revolves around an older technology called Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and using it effectively. RSS is used by millions of websites to publish their most recent content. RSS and similar protocols are probably the most popular web publishing technique, just behind having a website to publish to.
Invest time and save it
Investing a short amount of time getting familiar with your favorite RSS reader can literally double your speed and access to your top web destinations supporting it. Your Internet connection speed is not as important with RSS. Even with a Dial up connection, an RSS reader can refresh your feeds all at once, while you grab a coffee, then your ‘screen time’ is very effective and not as dependent on your connection.
RSS readers are commonly called news readers. There are dozens of titles available for Windows, Apple, and Linux. I’ll not go into details about those titles, but will cover a few key points about the Google news reader. Actually, this is the good solution for off grid folks with slow Internet connections, because refreshing all your news feeds occurs between Google and your information sources, not over your connection!
The quick video below shows you how to use and add sites to your Google reader when on the web.
Pros and Cons for Off Grid use
The key advantage of the Google reader over installing a popular reader on your PC, is refreshing your news feeds. Google servers and Internet connections keep your reader fresh and ready to go!
The key advantage to your favorite newsreader installed on your PC is the advantage of “capture and carry”. That is, you can refresh your feeds when connected to the Internet, and read them off line later!
Do you use a news reader? Is online, or on your PC? What is your favorite news reader? Please share what you know. Leave your comments now!