Google Reader

Google Reader

Okay, so it took me a little while to come around to Google Reader, and I think they've changed some stuff since the first time I tried it, but I'm now convinced.

Keeping up with a large number of web sites became easy to do with the introduction of RSS... and now, thanks to Google Reader, it's easy to do from anywhere, rather than being stuck with the settings only on your home computer, or work computer.

I became a GMail believer immediately after trying it, and while I don't think the documents are a replacement for MS Office just yet, I like the ability to share them. Now, with Reader, Google is easily becoming the home of my online experience.

If you haven't tried it yet, or don't understand RSS, it's simple. You find the little "feed" icon (feed) on the page you are looking for, right-click on it and copy the link, and then paste that into Google reader.

Firefox users have it even easier, because any page with an RSS feed will also have that icon in the address bar at the top. The first time you click that icon, you will be asked to choose your RSS tool. Pick Google. From then on, every time you click that icon, you will be prompted to add the feed to Google Reader.

It works for blogs, news sites, sports sites, and even Flickr photostreams. Finally, you can keep up with all your friends without having to go visit every web site every time.

It's also a good way for obsessed stalkers to get back some of their valuable time, so they can keep an eye on their ex while still managing to get some work done at the office. ;-)
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