Blogs and RSSPosted: January 30, 2012
I was looking forward to learning about RSS feeds – I assumed it would be really difficult. However, I was pleasantly (and arguably foolishly) surprised to find the process as easy as it is. Considering the readings and sites we looked at this week, I now feel RSS feeds essential. I think my largest challenge – informationally speaking – is keeping up with the almost overwhelming volume of content out there online. One thing I have grown to appreciate with sites, such as Twitter, it the filtering and aggregation of all the voices, opinions and services out there. I wonder how much I missed in the past, simply because my focus was too cluttered to discover it.
RSS feeds also add a valuable currency to the equation as well. More often than not, I am too busy to see everything I want to see. Sure, I regularly hit the fun spots, like Pitchfork or the AV Club, but I having an application do the work for me. I wonder if this is a large part of what social media is: applications that do much of the online heavy lifting.