This article at MakeTechEasier caught my eye this morning. In it they talk about one of my favorite topics – news aggregation – but from a perspective efficiency, particularly as it applies to preserving bandwidth.
In the last couple of years websites have gotten heavier and heavier. It’s not uncommon for a web page from a mainstream tech news site like The Verge to weigh 10 MB. And we’re talking about a simple news article here – nothing fancy, just a couple hundred words and an image or two. And this is not just limited to The Verge. If you have a slow internet connection or if you’re tethering while on a vacation, it would take more than a minute to load a news article. I know because I tried it.
And if you are using a limited data plan (say 500MB per month), and if every web page takes 10 MB to load (caching would help of course), you can blow through your 500 MB of data just by visiting 50 websites. Mind you, that is the monthly quota. I am sure you visited more than 50 websites per day.
Go to the source for more: The Complete Guide to Catching Up on News on Slow Internet
It may be hard to imagine that in this day and age some people still struggle with low speed internet, but I live in rural Wisconsin where my computer connection to the internet is a cellular modem that on a good day may give me a connection slightly faster than dialup. Still, because of resource saving content readers like Inoreader, I don’t have to feel cut off from the information I need. In fact, what most people would consider a liability, I’ve managed to turn into an asset in that working in a low bandwidth situation has made me dig deeper to become more productive!
Mind you, content readers are not just for people in low bandwidth situation but for anyone who needs to track sites, searches, sources or someday/maybe information. To me this is anyone looking to build their online reputation; Inoreader is a linchpin tool in my online reputation workflow because it allows me to both consume and publish information easily from the same tool while preserving time and bandwidth. I’d be reluctant to say that it’s the most important tool in my toolkit, but it’s certainly one of the top 3 that I use and if any of what I said – either about needing to work more efficiently under low bandwidth situations or managing information more effectively, I encourage you to look into Inoreader. You can find all my articles on Inoreader by clicking here.