An idea for you and your business – From Jim Connolly
With the advent of the Internet, there has never been more information available to you. Although this has created an unbelievable number of opportunities for you and your business; it has also created a problem:
THERE’S JUST TOO MUCH INFORMATION OUT THERE!
So, how do you make sure you get the information you need – without missing anything important or wasting your precious time, trawling through stacks of websites?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication), is a simple tool that allows you to receive all your important Internet content in one place! If, for example, you like to keep up to date with the new posts on this blog, RSS will send you my posts once they have been written! No need to keep checking back here – you will automatically receive all my new stuff and can then read it whenever you like!
OK, I clicked the RSS button – now what?
Most Internet Browsers have their own built in RSS reader. Firefox uses something called Live Bookkmars and Internet Explorer has it’s own built-in RSS reader as well. So, once you have clicked the RSS button on this blog or any other website that provides an RSS feed, you can simply look in the RSS section of your browser and get the latest from all your favourite sites! The only proviso here is that the site or blog needs to offer a ‘feed’ – almost all blogs do and all news websites. Pretty much every regularly updated website offers ‘feeds’ these days.
Are there any other benefits to RSS?
Oh yes! There are news sites like Google News, which will let you receive news stories about your industry or local area as soon as they break, via RSS. This is a GREAT tool for competitor analysis! You can even set it, so that whenever someone posts information about you or your company, you will be the first to know!
The benefits of RSS are massive! This article from Mark White clearly explains everything you need to know and points to some useful resources. However, none of this will help you unless you decide to start using RSS! If you want to save time and become the best informed person in your industry or profession, you really need to start using RSS!
Are you an existing RSS user?
If so, please leave a comment here and let us know how RSS has helped you or your business!