Educational Technology

December 27, 2011

Using RSS to Feed My Brain

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) has been part of my daily brain sustenance for more than 5 years. Most sites that produce content on a regular basis provide RSS feeds for their readers. The ubiquitous RSS orange logo provides a gateway to a nearly endless stream of information. Using a feed reader (Google Reader is extremely popular), RSS feed data is literally “fed” to you, the reader. I subscribe to more than 400 RSS feeds. It sounds a little intimidating if you’ve never dabbled with RSS. Have no fear. Each feed subscription only shows up in your reader if it has new content. Typically, my feeds in Google Reader churn out about 50 to 100 new post items per day. If I miss a couple of days of reading, I tend to just “mark all as read” (a pseudo-RSS-form of declaring bankruptcy).

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