Monday, October 16, 2006

How do I keep up with the blogs I like?

Often, one must experience the problem before appreciating the solution. As we look find blogs that we want to visit often, we will invariably find we need some efficient way to manage them. How do we know when new posts have been added? Where can we keep up with the URL for each one?

RSS
The answer is something called “Really Simple Syndication” (“RRS” for short). How simple is it? When I find a blog I like, I “subscribe” to it. From that point on, any time there is a new post in that blog, the post appears as simply another e-mail message. The act of checking my e-mail also checks every one of those blogs for new posts.

How do I get started?
You will need an “RSS reader.” The one I use is called intraVnews. It is free for personal use, charities, and non-profit organizations. You can download it from here.

The system requirements are:
  • Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1. (Click the link to download it)
  • Operating Systems: Microsoft© Windows© 98 SE or higher.
  • Microsoft© Outlook© versions: 2002/XP (10.0), 2003 (11.0).
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