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RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a Web standard used for syndicating frequently-updated content to readers. Only two things are required: a connection to the Internet and a service or application called a news reader, which is usually free.

Why subscribe via RSS? Well, once you get more than a handful of news feeds to monitor, it’s just so much easier to have them all in one place. Then, you can go and look to see what’s new whenever you want. Besides, it’s the cool thing to do.

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Online services

We use Bloglines for a couple of reasons. It’s free. It handles a lot of feeds pretty well. You can share a view of your public feeds with others. And you can share those feeds via OPML. We’ll talk more about that soon.

Desktop applications

Of course, you can also download a little program to your computer and subscribe to news feeds that way. Here are a couple of suggestions.

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Photo: Students in Ladd Library check election night results, by Phyllis Graber Jensen. Via Flickr.