Saturday, April 26, 2008

What Is RSS or Feeds?

The internet environment is always changing and one of the things that's been changing is that email is not very reliable. With spam filters dumping much of the mail that goes through, many people are spending as much time checking their "spam" and "bulk" folders as they do their inbox.

Since this blog's newsletter goes out to 8,000 subscribers, I hear a lot about what isn't getting through. Sometimes my email doesn't get through to my husband who's on the same server.

Most people would like a simpler way. That's why the trend towards feeds is becoming very popular, but if you're like me, not really into the techie stuff, you don't understand what it's all about. Good news! You don't need to understand it all, but you can still have the convenience of reading what you'd like to read.

Many subscribers have told me they don't have a clue what RSS is or feeds or what they mean. So I thought I'd provide this 2-step process that I took to keep it simple and get going on feeds. I hope it helps you as much as it did me. It's been great going to one website (Google Reader) to view the articles (feeds) I'm interested in.

What is RSS? A simple answer is what I like and this site has one.

I chose Google Reader to get my feeds and then I put the link on my toolbar favorites bar on the browser so I could quickly choose what I wanted to read from my file folders at Google Reader. They've got detailed instructions on how to get feeds.

Once you sign up, you can click on the link below to subscribe to this feed. You'll then see a number of previous posts. Easy as 1-2-3, right?

Subscribe To Feed

You can also click "Add Subscription" on Google Reader and put this in the box:

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