Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an unfortunate name for such a useful technology. RSS is a standard employed by the majority of web sites to essentially “feed” updates to those who are interested without requiring the reader to actually visit their web site.
Updates can include a blog article, a news update, recent photos, and more. While most browsers can display an RSS feed, the technology doesn’t make much sense until you utilize an application that can pull multiple feeds together in one nice package.
Google Reader offers a powerful interface for storing hundreds of your favorite web site feeds using a logical dashboard view with navigation controls on the left and a reading pane on the right. The application offers plenty of clever features that simplify the process of managing feeds. As an example, when you click on the “Add Subscription” button, Google Reader can detect each web site’s unique RSS address. Just type in the web site name, or even keyword topic that you’re interested in viewing and Google Reader will handle the rest.
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