Using RSS feeds to stay informed

The universal RSS iconTalking to a group of agents recently and the subject of RSS feeds came up. We talked about using RSS on a blog but also about using it to subscribe to a website. Both can be used in agency practice simply and conveniently.

Agents can easily track changes on a website. For example, to subscribe to new posts on this blog, click on the RSS feed icon (either on the page or in the browser address bar). You will then will be asked to choose a feed reader. I use Google’s web-based reader which is free with a Google account. Internet Explorer 7 has a built in feed reader and FeedDemon is another popular reader.

There are many advantages to subscribing to RSS feeds – here’s a couple.

  • First, there’s no need to enter your email address. Ever. This means you can’t be spammed. Related to this you’ll never have your day interrupted by email. Simply check your feed reader once a day and your done.
  • Second, when you no longer wish to receive feeds just unsubscribe. You’re in total control.

For more on RSS, check out out this Commoncraft video, RSS in Plain English.

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About Peter Fletcher

Speaker, trainer, and consultant helping real estate agents sort out their online communication strategy.

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