How To: Use Technology to Read News Quickly
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There's absolutely nothing wrong with the good ole' fashion way of reading the news, but being someone that likes his tech on the bleeding edge; I have to consume it that way too. I consume so much tech news in a day that I've had to find many different and fast ways to get it. It's just part of my daily routine now and I'm going to share with you how so that maybe you can consume your favorite news in some of the same ways!

Update (3:27pm)

It appears I've left out a rather popular iPad application.  Editions is a new app that is getting some rave reviews right now.  I'd recommend anyone with an iPad give it a good look.

Google Reader

I should probably say “RSS Reader,” but I have a hard time recommending you use anything other than Google Reader when you get started on this winding and glorious path. Google Reader allows me to consume the content off of 131 different websites in the span of about 30 minutes each morning. It takes all of their content, puts it in date order, and makes one giant, readable, user-friendly list out of it. I can’t imagine getting my news any other way.

Once you’ve signed up for Google Reader with your new Gmail account, you just click the "Add Subscription" button and type in your favorite website. If it has an RSS feed, which sites usually do, then it will automatically be added and you’ll start seeing the news stories pop up in Google Reader as the website publish them. As you make time in your day to come visit Google Reader, you’ll see the newest stories automatically loaded in there for you to read. You can begin by subscribing to Chris On Tech’s RSS Feed. Just copy and paste "feeds.feedburner.com/ChrisOnTech" into the "Add Subscription" box and you'll be set to go.  It’s that simple, yet that powerful. 

Social Media

I didn't really mean to start reading news via Facebook, but I've noticed more and more that I do. On Facebook I've "Liked" Mashable, Techcrunch, Lifehacker, AnnistonStar, and many other of my favorite sources. So when I look through my Facebook news feed, I get a steady stream of curated and important news as well as updates from my friends. I find this a brilliant use of Facebook and my time.

Twitter can be a little overwhelming and confusing for people, but a great use for it is to consume news in an immediate fashion. Most major news sources push their stories to Twitter. You can follow all of the people I mentioned earlier on Twitter and get their news delivered via updates to your phone, desktop, tablets or wherever you might have installed a Twitter App. It’s definitely more of a “pushed” news tool, so if it’s important to know right away, this might be a great way to go about it.

On Your iPad / Tablet

There’s a whole host of iPad News Apps, but Flipboard is the original and the best. In 2010, it won Apple’s coveted iPad Application of the Year award. Flipboard continues to push the envelope by adding even more content partners and sources to its available list to customize your interface. News.me is another source that has the backing of more than 20 major media organizations. However, as might be expected with heavy backing, it comes with a price tag. Browse through the App Stores and you’ll find quite a few apps to consume news. It’s really become quite a popular use of all tablets since the screen is so much larger.

News Aggregating Websites

These sites having fallen off in total viewership, but they are still a great way to find quality content quickly. Sites like Digg and Reddit will regularly have incredible news stories on their front pages that you can quickly skim over. Both of these sites are curated mainly by user voting, so they can be a little skewed in their views, but generally it’s a good source for breaking news.

My Advice

Go to Google Reader and subscribe to my blog.  Start adding your favorite sites every day and enjoy the good life!

Chris Williams, Web Developer, WideNet Consulting

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