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Get live updates from all of your favorite sites at the same time with the free Google RSS Reader. The Google Reader works just like email—whenever a website you are tracking (i.e., EGO, NYTimes Most Emailed Stories, your friend's blog, etc.) posts something new, a linked message will be delivered to your reader. Instead of visiting multiple websites to check for new content, the content comes to you! And it's all in one place.

The Google Reader is only one of many options, but I'm recommending it because it's free, easy to use, and you don't have to download anything. If you already have gmail, all you need to do is activate your Reader and you're good to go. If you do not have a Google account, you get an email account, a Picassa photo account, a Reader account, and more just by signing up once.

First, visit the Google Reader website to set up an account or sign in with your gmail account.

Once you have an account, you need to start adding "subscriptions" to websites you like. There are two ways to do this. You can click on the "Add a Subscription" box in Google Reader and enter in the URL. Presto! Or…

feed-icon-14x14.png The Ubiquitous Orange RSS Button

By clicking on a website's orange RSS button, you can subscribe directly from websites you like. For instance, let's say you'd like your Reader to notify you whenever someone posts a new item in "News and Events" from the EGO website. If you visit the News and Events page: http://umassenglishgrad.wikidot.com/system:events, you'll see a little orange button that looks like this: feed-icon-14x14.png

If you click on it, you'll see an option to subscribe to the website's feed using Google Reader at the top of the page.

That's it! Your life will be transformed. No, really!

EGO RSS Feeds

Click the little orange buttons on the UMass EGO website to receive updates directly to your reader.
feed-icon-14x14.png Blog
feed-icon-14x14.png Discussion Board
feed-icon-14x14.png EGO Site Updates
feed-icon-14x14.png News and Events!

see blog post for more What is RSS?

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