A beginner’s guide to blog readers, web feeds and news aggregators.
Today’s media landscape is constantly evolving, allowing the blogosphere to become more and more of a relevant source of information today, especially in the sustainable building industry. We have countless online resources covering the latest news and trends on sustainable building, green design updates, reviews and recommendations of green building products – but who really has the time to sift through this information overload on a daily basis anymore?
That’s where RSS comes into play. RSS feeds have become common practice among avid blog readers today. Consider it your personal web update delivery service, covering only the content you care about. RSS feeds are a convenient way to manage news and updates from your favorite blogs without ever having to search the web. RSS allows users to preselect the content they would like to receive, allowing early exposure to news, constant updates and of course, time savings.
Ready to get started? In order to receive an RSS Feed, first you’ll need to set up your own blog reader, news aggregator or feed reader. Whatever you call it, your reader will collect the RSS feeds you sign up for every time an update is posted. There are many types of blog readers and aggregators available, each with their ups and downs. Here are some of our top picks to get you started:
Google Reader – Tried and true, web-based Google Reader lets you subscribe to your favorite blogs and websites so new content is delivered as soon as it’s posted. With the freshest content on top, Google Reader provides streamlined updates in a user-friendly template.
Bloglines – Known for its organization, speed, and ease of use, Bloglines is another favorite among frequent RSS subscribers. One reviewer commented, “Its like my daily newspaper written by all the websites I like to read.”
FeedDemon – A Windows compatible desktop feed reader, allowing users to read RSS newsfeeds from hundreds of websites without ever visiting them. FeedDemon can also watch for items in RSS feeds that contain specific keywords of interest to you. An added bonus – If you plan to read your RSS feeds in a place that has no Internet connection, FeedDemon can save all images and links for you so the information remains accessible while you are offline.
NetNewsWire – MAC users have no fear. There are plenty of RSS readers to keep you up to date with your favorite news sources, and NetNewsWire seems to be one of the most popular and fastest out there.
Keeping a pulse on the latest sustainability news can be a daunting challenge with the amount of content available today, so here’s a list of our preferred sustainability blogs for the Architecture and Interior Design Industry to get your RSS library started: