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RSS 101 – A Brief Explanation
We’ve all heard that RSS is sweeping the web, but what exactly is it? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. In essence, RSS technology uses a code called XML, which scans the Internet for new content and displays it automatically for subscribers. RSS is a wonderful innovation because you can receive continually changing content without having to visit a website repeatedly to check for updates. Despite how simple it is to subscribe to feeds, only about two percent of online consumers take advantage of RSS. We hope the information here will help you put this timesaving technology to use on a daily basis.
How Do You Use RSS?
First, you need a tool called a feed reader. The good news is that there are dozens to choose from, most of them free. Although you can choose to download a program and read feeds on your computer, most people are choosing the simplified option of creating a personalized home page at websites like iGoogle, MyYahoo!, MyMSN, and MyAOL. Up until now you may have been unaware of the fact that all of these services are actually RSS feed readers. You choose the feeds you want to subscribe to (that’s the personalized part) and when your browser opens to that home page, automatically, the latest news and fresh content of your choice is displayed. You can even have multiple personalized pages to organize your feeds by topic. We like to have essential news and tools on our home page, but being the food lovers we are, we’ve created a separate page just for food related feeds.
Its also pretty easy take advantage of the built-in RSS readers found in the newest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple’s Safari Browser and Mozilla Firefox. You can select the feeds that interest you from individual websites or from searchable directories. Just look for the orange RSS button to add a feed.
A Wealth Of Content
If you are looking for new and interesting content to add to your reader, as you visit various websites, keep your eyes open for the easily recognized RSS or XML buttons like we have here at GourmetByMail.com. This indicates that the site publishes a feed that you can subscribe to. There are also directories that let you search for feeds by topic. Google’s Blog Search, Yahoo! Search Blog and Blog-Search.com are all good places to start.
Put Technology To Work
Now that you know the basics about RSS, don’t be left in the dark – use the technology to keep informed of up-to-the-minute blog entries, news headlines, podcasts and other relevant information..