I tried both Google Reader and Bloglines. I’m seeing the usefulness of using RSS feeds! I like that I’m spending less time randomly opening up blogs to see if there might be a new post. At the same time, I think it will be helpful for me to remember to log off of Google Reader when I’m on the computer and don’t want to be distracted. What I especially like about Google Reader is the way I can scroll through the most recent blog entries and it registers that I’ve glanced at them.
Today I opened a Google Reader account (or, more aptly put, added Google Reader to my ever-expanding array of Google products) and started adding RSS feeds. I came to realize that I have a lot of RSS feeds that I would like to keep up-to-date with. As a matter of fact, after four or five subscriptions I had to put my additions to GR (do you mind if I call you GR?) on the back-burner in order to write this blog entry and get back to work. I have a number to add when I get home, mostly personal – friends and colleagues who jumped on the bandwagon long before me (I’m still chasing after it – but I’m almost there – soon I can be added too!).
Information overload is something I definitely fight with on a regular basis. The coming days will be an experiment – will GR help me to make my life easier or cause me to run for cover? I know that I have a tendency to become irritated when things are left unattended – unread – unloved. I know full well that I will not read a barrage of RSS feeds, but will I be able to mark them as read knowing that they have gone unloved and without attention being paid to them? I think there’s a good chance if I know it’s saving me from having to go from website to website – something I mean to do currently, but cannot find the time to do.
The one thing, the most important, thing about RSS feeds is the ability to customize the information you receive. I would love to see a way for a part-time undergraduate Arts student in her final year who is also the President of the Rocketeering Club to have ONE place to go to read information on convocation, APUS event dates, course deadlines, and keep in touch with fellow rocket enthusiasts. We have come a long way with initiatives like Ulife and the Arts & Science Student e-news, but we still have a long way to go, Today’s online experience is all about customization and customization is a lot of work – but we’ll get there…