Wednesday, March 16, 2011

RSS Primer

I’m finding that surprisingly few of my friends know about RSS.  It is a handy way to follow a blog like this.  So here is a quick primer.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. If you care to know more about what RSS is, you can read this wiki page on it. If you would like to know how to automatically get updates in Microsoft Outlook or Feedreeder, read on.  These are the two I’m familiar with.  I’m sure all of the others are very similar.

To get started open this article in a second instance of your favorite browser (I prefer Chrome) so that you can keep reading this one. You can do so by clicking here. Click the posts icon to the right.  imageThen click on Atom.  The screen will turn to gibberish. Copy the address from the address bar.

If you are using outlook, right click on RSS feeds in the tree on the right. imageSelect “Add new RSS Feed”.  Paste the address you copied into the window and accept. You are off to the races!

If you are using FeedReeder, open it and imagepress F3.  The address will usually auto populate.  Click OK.  Change the description if you like. 

Now, anytime I add a post, you will automatically be notified.  Here is what it looks like in FeedReeder.image 



Happy Sojourning!

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