Last week Dan York blogged about a topic that hits home with those of us who love RSS: Staying informed online without visiting the actual websites that publish the information we’re consuming:

I don’t go to friends’ websites. (Sorry!) I don’t go to my employer’s website. I don’t go to any organization’s websites. I don’t go to my city’s website. Every once in a while I might hit CNN’s web page or a weather site, medical epidemic but that’s about it.

But one of the things Dan does do is load up on RSS feeds, thumb so that updates from sites come to him, ed through his reader, once they’ve been published. Thanks to RSS, Dan doesn’t have to:

  1. remember to check the original website in the first place — a real problem for most of us who struggle with information overload from time to time
  2. spend even a nanosecond wondering whether the original site has been updated — if it has, his RSS reader will tell him

RSS = efficiency

Consuming more information in less time is why I use RSS, too. In one place — Google Reader, in my case — I can read blogs and mainstream media stories, watch videos, check out my friends’ photos, find out who’s talking about me online, keep track of price updates for flights I’d like to take, catch the latest local weather forecast, and share my favorite posts with my online network — all without ever visiting any of the original websites that published that media. Pretty damn efficient if you ask me.

How do you use your RSS reader?

Anything I’ve missed? How else do make RSS work for you?