Top tech kept saying we need to stop using mass mailing list and start use RSS. They are right but unfortunately RSS stuff is slowly evolved around especially in deaf community.
RSS have been around for almost 10 years but it did not get off fast till few years ago.
I am proud to say that our Crazy Technologies LLC division Deaf Network (RSS link) of Texas and Florida mailing list does support RSS/ATOM feeds. Which means anyone with RSS Reader (standalone-based or web-based) can take advantage of it and eliminate subscriptions via email address. It helps reduce spam – big time.
It is very exciting however I am not going push you. I urgently you to give it a try! I do use it personally but not all the times. I just can’t find perfect program for me yet. Maybe Bloglines.com will be good start for you. Jared showed how to add deafread.com blog as example into bloglines.com – take a look. Click here.
It may be off slow at first time if you never try this way before. It is perfect okay. Over times, it will be paid off. Also, many services do support export/import which should be easy to try it out different service without starting over.
Just remember, RSS Reader doesn’t work if their website doesn’t support RSS/ATOM. For example, CNN website doesn’t support it – you would still have to stick old way for now but many website like WashingtonPost.com or DallasNews.com do support it. You even can select which category (business, sports, etc.) to add on your RSS Reader list.
If you are member of deaf-related YahooGroups.com, many of them RSS feeds enabled which can add to your RSS list easily. Remember, it is okay to have as many as 200 or 1,000 — it is pretty normal.
How do you know if they support it? Look for RSS/ATOM logo. (See above)
For example, we now have deaf-related website with RSS support such as DeafRead.com, DeafToday.com and Deaf-Blogs.com – it’s been wonderful because it helps less emails in your inbox. I sure hope others will follow in near future.
How do you get RSS Reader? There’s plenty freeware and free trial program out there.
Web-based and/or Web-based Add-On RSS Reader: (all free)
- Google Reader, Email and/or Desktop2 – http://www.google.com
- Yahoo RSS Reader inside Email and more – http://www.yahoo.com
- Sage RSS Reader for Firefox – http://sage.mozdev.org/
- Bloglines – http://www.bloglines.com/
Standalone & Add-On RSS Reader
- RssReader by Ykoon (Free) – http://www.rssreader.com/
- Pluck RSS Reader (Free) – http://www.pluck.com/products/getpluck.html
- FeedReader (Free) – http://www.feedreader.com/
- NewsGator for Outlook (30 days free trial) http://www.newsgator.com
Personally, I don’t know which program that most people like the best. There’s a lot more RSS Reader out there and I only listed few of them. If you see something I overlook, let me know.
Also, you should take advantage of del.icio.us free service. This service is a lot like your personal bookmark or favorite list online. This is great because you will never lose this way in case your computer data got destroy, lost, or stolen. It is also great when you’re on multiple computers all the times.
Grant W Laird Jr.
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