...a note about RSS feeds.
I don't know whether you already understand RSS entirely and you're all, "Pfft, I do know what that button means. I just don't want to subscribe to you."
If that's you, you are free to go eat cookies now.
But this is for anyone out there who has been seeing that weird orange square everywhere and thinking, "Don't understand; will ignore."
RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It's a way of getting the new content from websites delivered to you. Instead of individually visiting every site, you can just check one thing - your feed - to see which sites have added new content. You don't waste time checking sites that haven't updated.
I use Google's RSS reader, which I can access from Google or from my blog (Blogger.com is part of Google). There's a feed box on my Blogger homepage ("Dashboard") that looks like this:
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Also, if you're about my age and you're on the verge of Starting Your Career, you're probably being told to "read industry blogs". Which is annoying if you don't read blogs already. Checking them is a hassle, some people only write once a month or so, and blogs hosted on company sites can have weird URLs and be hard to find.
So do the RSS thing. Visit each blog once, click subscribe, and you'll get those updates delivered straight to you forevermore.
Industry blogs might sound like another horrid pointless side-effect of the social media boom, but they're actually really, really valuable for us kids trying to make that big career break. Just think - day-to-day thoughts and experience, direct from your professional idols.
A note on TwitterSo that's RSS feeds. I hope I've explained them okay. And yes, I do have one for this blog. I mean, I'm not trying to sell you anything... or anything... but if you want... you could subscribe, maybe?
Twitter is good for brief newsflash stuff. I really don't love the Celebrity Twittersphere thing - does mX still publish daily Twitter quotes on Page 3? Because oh my god. That's ink they could have used for printing valuable messages. I haven't got a Twitter account. But I know it can be great for business-to-business info sharing and messages direct to your customer base.