October 11, 2007

RSS is a neat way you can have information from a website automatically updated and displayed for you on your computer. For example, if you were to subscribe to the RSS feed on our website, any time new information is posted to our web page, it would show up in your RSS feed.

Subscribing to an RSS feed is easy. On the webpage you want to subscribe to, look for a link that says RSS or Subscribe. Click that link to subscribe. Note that not all web pages have RSS feeds.
Once subscribed, you now need to decide the best way to read your RSS feeds.
If you have Vista, the sidebar has an RSS reader built-in. Right click on it and tell it which of your subscribed RSS feeds you want it to display. If you don’t’ have Vista, you can get Yahoo Gadets that are very much like Vista’s sidebar that do the same thing.
If you use Outlook 2007 (not Outlook Express) to read your e-mail, you can have Outlook show your RSS feeds. You can read RSS feeds with older versions of Outlook if you purchase a plugin called NewsGator ($29.95).
You can also download special applications for reading RSS feeds. One that is free is called Awasu.

I personally like having my RSS feeds go into Outlook. Then new posts look like new e-mail. That way I just get the new posts sent to me and I don’t have to remember what I’ve read before.

Look over in the right-hand column of this web page. See where it says, “Subscribe”? That’s so that you can subscribe to the web page using RSS. You can subscribe to entries so that any time we post a new item on the web site, you’ll see it in  your RSS feed. You can also subscribe to comments so that anytime someone posts a comment on one of our entries, you’ll get that in RSS as well. Give it a try!

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