Aggregator Anyone?

According to Wikipedia, “An aggregator or news aggregator is a type of software that retrieves syndicated Web content that is supplied in the form of a web feed (RSS, Atom and other XML formats), and that are published by weblogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media websites. Aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly check websites of interest for updates, creating a unique information space or “personal newspaper.” An aggregator is able to subscribe to a feed, check for new content at user-determined intervals, and retrieve the content.” So, basically… with an aggregator you can sign-up to receive your favorite blogs and news delivered to the same location which saves you a little time.

Two pretty popular aggregators Netvibes and Bloglines are free and pretty easy to use. After signing up for an account, you can add “feeds” from the sites you would like to receive by copying and pasting the RSS, Atom or XML feed in to your aggregator. I have been using Netvibes for a couple of months and am enjoying it; the site allows me to see at a glance what sites have published new information so I can keep up with the content on the sites I enjoy… pretty cool.

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