Imagine how it would be to check your mail like this:
You have to open a web browser and go to a specific URL to check if you have any new meesages from Friend A. Then you have to go to another page to check for messages from Friend B, then you have to go to another page for Friend C, then…
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This is approximately how you browse the web for news if you don’t use any special tools. Check into BBC.co.uk, then check CNN.com, then check…
Using RSS-feeds is an extremely effective way to browse news on the web. I found this article explaining some of the issues, and recommending a great tool: RSS Bandit: Brandon Fuller on RSS-feeds
Another great introduction to RSS here.
You find links to my feeds and a way to sign up for my email update here.
Personally, I am using Bloglines for all the RSS feeds I subscribe to. In addition to this I have the most important feeds on my Netvibes startpage.