As information technology has become more widespread, the number of social networking and/or web logging sites has exploded. We have WordPress, BlogSpot, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, MeetUp and FourSquare, just to name a few. Because people rely on social networking platforms to investigate newsworthy articles, keep in touch with friends and share photos, videos and other links, keeping up with news from all of these websites is a tall order.
Because most web sites distribute new content through RSS, which stands for Resource Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, when a user subscribes to a web site’s RSS feed, he or she is automatically notified of new information published on a website. Google Reader, which is one hundred per cent free , works with any web browser and requires no software installation, tracks an internet user’s web surfing patterns, checking for updates from the user’s favorite sites and alerting the user of these new developments. All of the syndicated web content is then aggregated into a single location for easy viewing. In addition, users are provided a built-in public page to make it easier for them to share interesting headlines, podcasts, images, and videos with their friends and family.