Google Reader – Why and How to Start
RSS commonly stands for “Really Simple Syndication,” and you might have noticed the orange RSS symbol while surfing the Net. I’ve found that most things computer-related are far from simple, but gmail accounts for sale
this time it’s really true, and the easiest RSS to use is Google Reader. It’s just like visiting the vast and fabulous magazine rack at Barnes and Noble. Each online blog site is comparable to a glossy magazine, and each post equals an article. One of the best things about this magazine rack, though, is that all the magazines are free!
Why am I telling you about Google Reader?
Examining a huge selection of new periodicals is heaven to me, and when a good friend enjoys spending time this way as much as I do, the experience is that much sweeter. That’s why I hope to infect you with blog fever – so we’ll have more ideas to explore and laughs to share – and that much more to gab about online or over coffee.
What’s the big deal about blogs?
Maybe some folks read paper magazines cover-to-cover, but I’m not one of them. Scanning the table of contents and dog-earring pages is my true M-O, and I place the bookmarked mag into my to-read-when-I-have-time pile. Another shameful practice is tearing out articles that grab my attention and cramming them into my purse to read while in the bank line or doctor’s waiting room. I get the information I crave this way, but I do hate wasting all the unread parts. Not a tree is sacrificed when I devour blogs!
Why should you be interested?
After you set up Google Reader and select a few blogs to try out, articles tailored to your choices begin to collect, tidy and organized, and sit patiently for your one-click perusal. For instance, my friend Carol does creative scrapbooking. Any idea how many scrapbooking sites there are online to help Carol generate ideas for her scrapbooks? When I did a Google search, the results showed a whopping 14,600,000 — a tad overwhelming for anyone who’d rather spend her time designing scrapbooks and organizing family photographs than scouring the Internet. Carol may already know of two or three helpful online sites but with all she has to do, she might forget to check these sites regularly. That’s just one tiny reason for her to start putting her RSS feed to work!
Recent articles on one scrapbooking website I visited include:
* How to Digitally Scrapbook
* Make Your Own Vinyl Lettering and Decor
* Scrap by Color – New Tool
* Photo Books – Buy 1 Get 1 Free
* Scrapbooking Magazines
* Print Your Scrapbook Supplies
* Christmas Scrapbook Paper
* Pebbles in My Pocket Sold to American Crafts
* Free customized ecards
If Carol subscribes to this particular blog, each of these articles will deliver itself as quickly as it was published to her Google Reader. Anytime she needs a little inspiration, she can click to see all the new ideas that have landed there. Probably not every single article will interest her, so she’s able to read a tiny snippet of each to decide which posts might be fun and/or helpful. Maybe she could care less about the digital scrapbooking article — she marks it as “read,” and it’s history.
If this is beginning to sound like a fun way to gather information on any subject you’d like to try, simply go to the main page ( Google.com/reader ) and sign in using your old Google account info (or create a new one by filling in your email address and password). Getting started is a piece of cake, as there’s no software to download. Google the subject you’re interested in and find some sites with your own kind of content, click on the orange button and load them into your very own Google Reader. If you get stuck or don’t want to go any further by yourself, just wait. I’m not even close to being finished with this topic!