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Cool Tool: Feedly

Does browsing across the Internet to keep up with your favorite blogs and publications—flitting from website to website in hopes of finding something new—make it difficult to see the latest content in talent development and business in general? If so, you may want to consider creating a free account with Feedly, which is an RSS reader.

What's an RSS reader, you may ask?

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RSS stands for either really simple syndication or rich site summary, depending on where you look. It's essentially a tool to subscribe to updates from websites. So, an RSS reader is what enables you to view all the updates to which you subscribe.

On Feedly, for example, you can sign up to receive updates from Gallup, Bersin by Deloitte, and The Economist. You can do this either by going to each publication's website and getting links to their RSS feeds (the hard way), or you can do it the easy way. On Feedly, that means logging into your account, clicking the "Add Content" button at the bottom left-hand corner of the page, and searching for your chosen blogs or publications. If they offer RSS services, you can choose to follow them, and Feedly will set up the rest.

Once you've built a list, you can see all the stories you follow listed on your Feedly homepage in the order they came out. The website gives you the option to create different RSS lists for different groups of content, which can help you separate the websites you follow for work from those you follow for pleasure.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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