Google Reader: Are you Using RSS yet?

20 emails? Numerous websites? Cut out the clutter of staying updated with an RSS reader, such as Google Reader. Rather than wading through a full inbox or constantly checking sites for updates, put their RSS feeds in one place and let the information come to you.

Am I getting ahead of myself here? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's a standard format that websites use to send site updates out across the Internet. With an RSS Reader, you can simply add the RSS feed to your list and be automatically notified when the site posts an update.

Who produces RSS feeds for their sites? Almost all blogs, news sites like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, financial sites like Bankrate.com, and many more. To see if a site publishes an RSS feed, look for this symbol in the navigation bar next to the URL:

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