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RSS Advantages

Friday, October 6th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Q:
Can you tell me any advantages of an RSS feed over what I already get in my e-mail? I’m not convinced they’re the “next best” thing.

A:
I surely can. RSS feeds have swept across the computer scene and many people have gotten hooked, while others are still leery about giving them a try. We have done several other tips on RSS feeds before, but just in case you’re still not sure what they are, read here before you go on with this article. It will give you some background information you’ll need to know.

Some people think that RSS feeds are going to eventually overtake e-mail. While I don’t think it will go that far (some people just can’t live without their e-mail!), they are very popular and they will probably gain even more recognition in the future. So, what is so great about RSS feeds? How are they better than what you already get in your e-mail each and every day? Well, keep reading for some new points of view on this subject.

1.) RSS feeds are more timely. If you are subscribed to a certain feed, you can get updates on it immediately. You can hear all of the breaking news as soon as it happens and you can even connect in to other sources of information, such as independent reporters, researchers, analysts, etc. With RSS feeds, you are almost always the first to get the recent news and information.

2.) RSS feeds are inexpensive. You usually don’t have to pay for the information to come to your computer. There’s no more paying for delivery, distribution or for any mailing lists. Certain feeds may require a fee, but most of them are free of charge.

3.) RSS feeds come in any style. They are compatible with text, HTML, AOL or even MIME. They will always arrive in a form that your computer is compatible with, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to read the information.

4.) You don’t have to have an e-mail program to get an RSS feed. They all can be read online easily and quickly. You no longer have to worry about opening your e-mail and searching for the new messages. Just log on to the Web site where your feed comes from and you’re all set. You can still get the feeds delivered to your e-mail if you want, but it’s not necessary.

5.) You, as the subscriber, are in full control of your RSS feeds. If you ever want to remove yourself from a list, you can do so easily. You don’t have to worry about not being taken off a mailing list. You can do it yourself and you will know for sure that you were removed.

6.) RSS feeds stay private. If you choose not to, you don’t have to give out any personal information when you sign up for a feed. You don’t have to give your name or even your e-mail address. This ensures that your information will not be sold to any other companies. RSS feeds are very secure in this matter.

7.) RSS feeds can not be blocked by spam or e-mail filters. Sometimes you sign up for newsletters that won’t come through to your e-mail no matter what you do. There’s nothing more frustrating than that. Well, that won’t happen with RSS feeds. It’s impossible!

Now, I could go on with some more features, but I think you get the idea. RSS feeds do have a lot of advantages over what a regular e-mail program can do for you. While the RSS phenomenon won’t completely take over e-mail, it is a good source of information and it can be accessed with just a couple clicks of your mouse. Give it a try, you never know what you might be missing in the computer world today!

~ Erin

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