Ask.com announced on Friday that after over 5 years of service, it will be shutting down Bloglines on October 1st in order to shift their focus to other projects. The main reason being that -- according to Ask.com -- people simply don't use feed readers like they did back in the good ole days of the mid-aughts.
Pop quiz time. Do you read several blogs each day? If yes, do you navigate to each one separately? If yes, would you like to save time by subscribing to each one and reading it in a feed reader?
If you are not sure what a feed reader is, this article is for you.
As a BlogHer contributing editor, part of my job is to link to other women bloggers. So when I decide to write about a particular topic, I spend a great deal of time searching for other women who have also blogged about that topic. And that can be very time consuming.
The unique difference between a blog and a conventional web site is the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) or Atom feed. A blog feed connects each new post on a blog directly to your inbox. The tool you use to connect yourself to any feed you want is called a feed reader or a blog reader.
There are many blog readers available. Some are for a specific platform such as Mac or Windows. Some work online in your browser. They all do the same thing, so your can't make a bad choice. Here are some of the possibilities.
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