I visit A LOT of blogs and websites, most of which are updated on a daily basis, if not more often, and I used to have to randomly visit from time to time to see if anything had changed, which whilst fun was also time consuming, and annoying when nothing had changed. If only there was a programme that could tell me whenever my favourite sites had updated.
This is where a feed aggregator, and in particular Feedreader, comes into play. The first step is to download Feedreader from here, and then install it. What now then? Well the vast majority of sites put out RSS feeds usually linked to icons such as , , or , and so visit your favourite site, copy the link from these icons, usually ending in either .rss or .xml, and then on the Feedreader programme click on ‘new’ and then ‘new feed’ and add the link. Now do this for all the sites you visit. I admit it may take a while but it’ll save you in the long run.
Feedreader is automatically configured to load at start-up, runs in the background and will check with servers to see if any of the feeds have updated, and will inform you with a simple pop-up when new articles are posted. Simple eh? [Click here for screeshots]
This may not be the most riveting programme, and ergo not a riveting review, but it is something that WILL save you time, and is something that I use. Of course, as with most things I review, it’s free!