Mar 122014

How to keep track of information from sites and blogs?

I remember when starting my adventure with the Internet 15 years ago in 1995) I used a modem to connect to the internet. Costs were not so low because 3 minute cost was 29 cents, which gave close to 5.80 per hour. So browsing internet only for 2 hour per day would cost about 1/3 of my monthly sallary.
This meant that if I wanted to read something, I had to do it fairly quickly, or simply save the data pages to disk.

Another disadvantage was the problem with tracking changes on my favorite blogs. Yes, yes, there were blogs already. Visiting daily 5 blogs was not a problem, but what if I need to check 50 of them? Because there was no Facebook (founded only 10 years ago, is in 2004), it was necessary to systematically check those websites manually for new messages or ... use the tools for RSS.

What is this RSS?

This is a special address that allows you to verify whether the service has posted something new. Thanks to the RSS readers in one place we have information on all the new entries.

Over the years one of the most popular readers was Google Reader, but unfortunately, in July 2013, was closed. Soon after few other RSS reader become more popular like The Old Reader or InoReader

I checked both of them and I liked the second one. The basic version (good enough for everyday use) is free. I have added more than 70 RSS feeds and I can not imagine manually checking those websites to see if someone has not added new content. There is also an Android application and mobile page which allows for easy reading on the go.

"But I do I follow all the Facebook fanpage!"

Of course you can say that it is enough to ba a fan of a fanpage on Facebook to receive notice and be up to date. Theoretically yes, but:

  1. Facebook limits the coverage, ie if you subscribe to a profile, you will not necessarily get all notifications of new entries. Even if we are true fans and we want to read everything. With RSS there is no such problem - reader gets all the entries and that we (not Facebook) decide what we want to read.
  2. What if we leave for a few days and we will not have access to the internet? Viewing entries from a few (or many more) days in Facebook would be uncomfortable. RSS Reader will download and hold for us the necessary information and appropriately assign them to individual sites. And we can read them on the chosen time.

How to read RSS feeds?

  1. We go to the website http://inoreader.com i we click Register. We provide the basic data and confirm an account by clicking the activation link that will receive by e-mail.
  2. After logging in, go to the page where we can add the first website we want to track.
  3. We paste website URL address or the address of an RSS feed (if we know it).
  4. InoReader recognized that at the given address are two RSS feeds, one of the blog entries, the second with comments. We subscribe to both or one of them by clicking on the icon on the right side.
  5. After selecting a feed it will show us the last entries of a given website.

This way you can add any number of blogs or other sites to watch. Inoreader will automatically check if there are no new entries, so you won't miss anything you want to read.

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