RSS Really Simple
Syndication News Feeds and Feed Readers
The Sage RSS Feed
The Internet has
become the most amazing tool for disseminating information and
research. It is used in hospital emergency rooms in an effort to
diagnose disease. It is used by companies to communicate and
improve efficiency. So what is the next big thing?
The next big
thing will likely be Really Simple Syndication (RSS). This will end
up taking the place of newsletters because of its effectiveness.
There will be no need to give away your email address and risk
unneeded spam. You can narrow your interests and subscribe to
specific information that interests you.
So how does it
work and why would you want it? The first thing you will need is a
news-feed reader. There are many vendors and technologies
available. The Opera browser has a built in news feed reader. When
you land on a XML page, Opera will ask if you want to add the feed.
I have been using
Firefox and just found a great Feed Reader called
Sage. It was
incredibly simple to install from the sage website. It stations
itself as a sidebar on the Firefox browser and when you click the
news feed you want to look at it updates the feed and posts it in
the main window in a readable fashion. It is very slick.
There are feed
readers for other browsers and email programs. Personally, I like
the feed reader installed in my browser. The best thing about the
feed readers is that they are free. Donít you dare pay for a
Letís say you
have a specific interest like heart disease, sports, automobiles or
whatever. The best way to keep up with the news is sign up for a
news feed. This can be done at all the major news sites including
Forbes, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), The New York
Times, etc. You can also sign up for specific feeds from
Google News that would encompass all the major news outlets.
also offers RSS feeds for our content. The feeds have been broken
down into specific categories. You can sign up for our all
inclusive news feed or just our health news. If you want a more
specific news subject like cancer or genetics we have these
segregated as well. Here is a list of our feeds.
You can drag the
little orange icon into your feed reader or actually click on the
to visit the
feed. This will prompt you to add our news feed. It is as simple
as that, assuming you have a news feed reader installed.
These RSS readers
will likely take the place of corporate internal mailing lists. One
of our contributors recently wrote an article concerning this
So if you have a
narrow or broad subject which interests you all you need to do is
download a news feed reader and search for RSS sites that will keep
you informed on the latest developments. Remember, both the feed
readers and feeds should always free Ė donít sign up unless it is.
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