Using Web Feeds, ie. RSS

Posted on 21. Apr, 2012 by in Develop

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it’s that little orange symbol that you see on websites. This RSS is called a feed, and it allows you to receive updated content published. A feed can contain text, pictures, audio and video. Audio content, usually in MP3 format, is referred to as podcasting.

Step 1. On your favorite websites, click on the RSS icon to to receive the content in a few different forms. To get content automatically, you subscribe to a feed.

Step 2. You will be asked to select a name for the feed, give it a name to remember the information, I usually use the name of the website.

Step 3. You will also be prompted for where to create, so select a folder in your browser. I usually create a new folder specific for “feeds”.

Step 4. Click on the “Subscribe” button. You’re set to receive updates.

Step 5. To view the content, in your browser, click on Favorites and see the Feeds tab. When you open it up, it will find any new content. Remember, other programs beside your browser, can subscribe to web feeds. Many folks use Microsoft Outlook to view feeds. You can also you Google Reader. It’s a handy way to keep up with many website content in one reading list.

Step 6. If you click on “View feed properties”, you can adjust the timing of your feed, the default is daily. You can specify the number of items.

If you have a website, consider turning on the subscribe feature. It works like a newsletter, automatically publishing for you. Your site visitors can elect to receive the content in a time and format they desire.


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