These days great content can come to you in many different ways. Your friends share stuff on Linkedin, your followers tweets links on Twitter and your business network shares stuff on Linkedin.

Still, I’m a big fan of my RSS Reader.

Here’s 7 reasons why you need a RSS Reader:

1. Keep up to date with the industry

2. Follow thoughtleaders for what’s coming next

3. Keep track of your competition

4. Increase knowledge & learning

5. Find free presentations and PDFs to share in your organisatuion

6. Find stuff to share with your friends and network

7. Be in control of what information comes to you…

My favourite is point 7. To quote Clay Shirky: “There’s no such thing as information overload, there’s only filter failure.”

Why do you use RSS?

And if you don’t: maybe you should give it a try. It’s easy as pie.

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    Michael: All great points. I tend to live in Google Reader all day long. I’m wondering if many people just don’t know how to get started, or if they try and then feel overwhelmed and give up? Do you have any feel for the number in each category?

    I’m more interested in the folks on the overloaded side of the spectrum. I’m looking to find communities of other folks who are reading a ton of blogs but suffering from RSS overload. Any pointers?

  • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

    Hid Brad, sorry for my really late reply! I was suffering from all kinds of overloads this week :-/

    Good question you are asking. Answer: I don’t know! Will do some research myself. I think I am one of those people. I have too many sources in my RSS Reader and am looking for ways to filter them, without ditching them from my Reader.

    Not sure what it is with the ‘RSS image’. When we bring RSS Readers to our clients they tend to like it. Most often they thought it was really ‘techie’.

    Thanks for your comment.
    Following you on Twitter.

    Bestest,
    Michiel