The internet has made it easy to get information from a variety of sources in an instant. The ability to “google” on demand to find information provides instant gratification and is a powerful tool in our knowledge economy.
Social spaces like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ have also provided their contribution. You can see a summary of updates from your friends, people you are following and the latest news when you log into your accounts. Companies have also embraced social media as a way to engage with people, advertise jobs and promote their brand; further perpetuating the model of meeting people where they are.
While the internet has enabled us to source information in a just in time (JIT) manner, it can also mean spending enormous amounts of time going to various social sites and websites, sifting through information to find what we are looking for. In our thirst for information the conundrum is how to find the time? Wouldn’t it be great if we could see, or better yet, get all of the news/jobs/blog/web updates in one place?
With social you can. There are two main platforms you can use to get updates on your social and web activity.
Facebook isn’t just for connecting. Many people have started to utilize the free apps available to see a consolidated list of information through their news feed. Did you know you can add apps for Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, FourSquare, Google+, etc., on to your Facebook page? That means you can access all these platforms from one social networking platform and see your updates there. Try adding your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to Facebook.
RSS, (Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed which publishes content such as video, blogs, web pages, news and audio in a standardized web format. Users can create RSS feeds through an RSS reader and subscribe to receive updates through those feeds. The best part? All of your information is now in one place- Your RSS reader. Genius.
So how do you get started with RSS?
You will notice the RSS icon on your web tool bar. When you visit a page that is RSS friendly, the icon will turn orange allowing you to subscribe to that feed.
Click below for a short video of how to set up your feeds.
Subscribe to this feed today!
by Ann Barrett, Director eRecruitment & Social Media Strategy