Keeping up with online content

It’s getting harder and harder these days to keep up with all the stuff on the internet that interests me. There are so many blogs and news sites that I like to keep up with that I find it hard to get anything else done. As with pretty much every time saving device, the computer has only made us busier and more frantic.

In an effort to keep these things under control the advent of RSS feeds and news readers started to streamline the whole process. I imagine that most of you out there are far more in touch with this stuff than I am. I realise that I’m a lazy philistine when it comes to keeping up with technology. However, I’ve just started using Google Reader to keep up with all the blogs that I like and I thought I might recommend it here in case any of you out there haven’t discovered it yet.

If you’re happy with your current methods, then don’t let my current novelty interests change your ways. However, if you’ve been looking for a way to keep up with things then you could do a lot worse than Google. I’m always resistant to such things. I have this inbuilt aversion to successful monopolies. I resisted Google for ages because I sneered at their data-mining activities and insidious advertising. But the truth is that they’re very successful because they’re very good. Now I use their email systems almost exclusively and I have a Google online homepage to keep all my online stuff organised. Part of that homepage is Google Reader which gathers all the blogs and things that I want to read into one place.

To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, have a look at this video. If you like what you see, use your gmail account (or set one up for the purpose) and start pasting urls into your shiny new Google Reader. Naturally you’ll want to add The Word to your collection, so simply paste the url (http://www.alanabxteronline.com) into the “Add subscription” box and you’re away.

Basically, far better than having loads of blogs bookmarked and regularly checking to see if there’s anything new, just have one reader bookmarked and check that daily. It’ll tell you if there’s any new content on any of your favourite sites.

(I wonder if anyone out there considers this news? Probably just about every Word reader is shaking their head and muttering, “Welcome to the 21st Century, Al.”)

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