Tuesday, February 26, 2008

RSS Feed and Blogs

When I started my Blog I did not know anything about the Blog world. In fact I could not even believe I had become a Blogger. HUH?? Blogger? Wondering if people even care what I have to say. Well...you do get kind of addicted to it. And surely hope someone is reading it. I have since learned more and now kind of understand a new facet of blogging or ways to read someone else's Blog. I figured if I did not have a clue about this then maybes others do not either. It is called RSS Feed.
From Wikipedia:
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a "feed," "web feed," or "channel," contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.
Here is another interesting article about RSS Feed and what it is all about: http://rss.softwaregarden.com/aboutrss.html
You also will have to know about RSS Readers.
From Wikipedia:
Feed Readers also known as an a feed aggregator.
Aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly check websites for updates, creating a unique information space or "personal newspaper." Once subscribed to a feed, an aggregator is able to check for new content at user-determined intervals and retrieve the update. The content is sometimes described as being "pulled" to the subscriber, as opposed to "pushed" with email or IM. Unlike recipients of some "pushed" information, the aggregator user can easily unsubscribe from a feed.
Aggregator features are frequently built into portal sites (such as My Yahoo! and iGoogle), modern Web browsers and email programs.
I personally use Google to reed my feeds.
So when you are on a blog that you want to keep up to date with all you have to do is click on the little orange Rainbow picture (this is the universal Feed Icon) or were it says: "subscribe to feed" and the articles will come to you.
Michelle Mahler

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