Information Junkie?…Stay Up To Date By Using Feedly

ECL Readers: At the bottom of this post is an embedded video tutorial on using Feedly. Be sure to scroll down and check it out. Feedly is a great tool.

Do you crave the access to information and new ideas that the Internet provides? I do, because I love learning. But at the same time it can often feel all-consuming and overwhelming.

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But of course, that’s exactly why great tools like Feedly continue to be created. 

Feedly is an Online Aggregator

Feedly is what’s commonly called an online RSS reader, or an aggregator. An aggregator collects content that’s being published on multiple sites and displays it all in one spot (i.e., on one website).

Without an aggregator, you would be forced to go to each site to see if they had published anything new since the last time you visited. Obviously, that’s not a doable (or smart) plan for any of us.

Feedly is Simple

In the simplest terms, your free Feedly site serves as a single collection point for updates that are being published on websites and blogs that you selected previously.

You selected the sites initially because you found their content interesting and you decided it would be wise to stay abreast of the things those sites were publishing and sharing.

Feedly allows for Customized Information Curation

Step #1 – Google Alerts: You may recall in a previous post and video I showed how Google Alerts let’s you set up automatic searches based on keywords you select. Google then emails you the search results based on a frequency of your choice. 

Step #2 – Feedly: It might be useful to think about Feedly as the next step in a customized information search and curation process.

Once Google Alerts brings you new content and sites, you can then pick selected sites and add them to your Feedly site. Feedly then takes over and automatically brings you new content that is published on those sites and blogs.

Feedly is Easy to Use

To help give you a better understanding of how easy and powerful Feedly is, I put together the short tutorial video below.

After investing about five minutes, you’ll know how to get your own free Feedly site and start automatically collecting updates from all the sites and blogs you want to stay on top of. (Click here if for some reason you can’t see the embedded video)

 

So what do you think? Feedly is pretty cool, right? 

In practically no time at all, you can use Google Alerts and Feedly to help you become an authority on the topic(s) of your choice.

Note: I used Google Reader as my aggregator up until it was discontinued by Google in July, 2013. At that time I switched to Feedly and have been very pleased with it ever since. 

Question: What other tools and techniques do you use to aggregate and curate content from the Internet? You can leave a comment by clicking here.