Ok, I did some pre-reading up on RSS' and newsreaders. At first this was very confusing (my eyes were crossing), but I persevered by reading and reading and (yep, you guessed it) reading some more. Finally, I had had enough and decided to bite the bullet and sign up at bloglines, figuring I would learn more by doing than by just reading.
This is definitely an exercise where too much information just hurts the brain. I got my account and signed up for a few of their options. After a few days of reading, I got rid of some of the options previously chosen and I think that I kept about 3 of the original choices (About Literature, The Shifted Librarian, USAToday.com/books). At this point, I read a little more online, and then read what was required for SPL's 2.0 and decided to wing it. So, I'm just checking out sites that I regularly visit to see if they have a rss feed.
Gah, too much!!!
Luckily, I don't mind surfing the web. And I'm being optimistic in hoping that I find some really cool pools of information (fingers fully crossed). So, I would have to say that I like this tool in that it keeps everything that I regularly like to look at in one spot, instead of going to different sites all day long, and that I can just check to see if they've put out any new information.
As to using this at work, I'm finding that the site would best be used by keeping you up todate on incoming news, gathered all in one place. But I haven't yet explored the blogs, clippings and playlists portion of bloglines, so I don't know how they would interface with the workplace. Maybe that's something to play with on another day.
For those who would like to see it, my bloglines url follows. Hopefully done correctly.