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Many people have phones that are very smart, but they themselves are not. Our people say that a tool is as good as the user….

I bought my first internet enabled mobile phone a few years ago, which was rather late compared to the rate at which it was used at that time (). After filling it up to capacity with all the music I could get, and later got tired of listening to music, I said to myself, “Is this all I can do with this toy? Is there no better thing to do?”

The Internet

Since I had access to the internet, I began to explore the world as much as I could. search engines (Google, I admit, was virtually the only search engine I found interesting because I later learnt the art of Google hacking) became my best friend. I searched everything that came to mind. I had so many bookmarks, ranging from news (mostly information technology), sports and many more (and even pornography). And that was a bore – going through all my bookmarks everyday to check updates to content I was interested in. And after I got tired of having to navigate through uninteresting pages before getting to my page of interest.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

I had to somehow find a way to solve this little problem of mine, and I finally found one – RSS. RSS (mostly called RSS feeds) is a means of delivering regularly updated content on the web. It is more like a subscription service that notifies you of any updates to a website content.

RSS delivers added convenience to information gathering. Virtually anything can be retrieved or updated via RSS, ranging from calendar events to forum discussions. It can enable you to get updates about a site, without regularly having to check the “What’s new” page every time you visit the site.


RSS feed readers and aggregators

Many feed readers are available today. Some are platform-based and some are web-based. A few web-based readers are Google reader, My Yahoo and Bloglines. For my mobile, I used the Opera Mini feed reader (bundled with the opera Mini 4.2).

If you want a cool solution to information gathering, or are tired of continuously checking your favourite news site, and you have not started using a feed reader, you should start doing so as soon as possible (or else you will be sitting on a long thing like we would say in my country).

Getting on the train. How?

The website has to enable RSS (meaning that the site has to syndicate content) before you can subscribe, but which site in this present age doesn’t?

To subscribe to a site’s feeds, all I had to do was click the RSS icon on the top left of my phone screen, and subscribe. The method of subscription by your feed reader may differ.

To subscribe to feeds from this blog, just click the RSS icon at the top right, or click here

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