How do you consume media? Some of us have a favorite website or blog. Others follow news sites that cover a broad spectrum of information. And for others, social media is enough to keep them up to date with the latest “going ons” — a focused Twitter feed or well kept Facebook page can keep you on top of content down to the very minute it is happening.
However, since most people do not have the option to plant themselves in front of their computers, bury their noses in their mobile devices for hours on end, use Google to follow trends or sit with their fingers on the refresh button, it is important to have options for media consumption that better fit your schedule. Drafting a reading list with RSS feeds (RDF Site Summary) is one of those options.
RSS feeds are a great way to keep up with media content that you find important. RSS feeds allow publishers (blog authors, online reporters, social media gurus and even your peer’s twitter feeds) to syndicate their posts in an XML format, which allows their recently updated content to be aggregated and viewed on a variety of different interfaces.
These interfaces, or RSS readers, can take many shapes. From a simple RSS ticker on your browser homepage or your desktop to a more robust and rich content management format on your mobile device or personal computer, RSS feeds can be represented in practically any way according to the your preference.
Some RSS readers, like Flipboard for example, actually organize news headlines in