How-To: RSS

In this article, I will show you how to subscribe to my RSS feed so that you can always be up to date when new stuff is written on this blog and you don’t have to manually come to the page all the time.

Let’s start with a definition of RSS.  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and basically broadcasts to the world when a particular page is updated.  When I add something to “My Caffeine Induced Blog”, the broadcast goes out worldwide that I have done so.  Then, on your side, an RSS Reader (client) lets you know of this updated broadcast once you are “subscribed” to my broadcast. 

There are an increasing number of free RSS Readers now, such as Google Reader, Reddit, Outlook 2007, the built in gadget for Windows Vista OS, and SharpReader.  I use Google Reader and will use it for my instructions because I know that many of my frequent readers also use iGoogle for a start page.

Begin by signing up for a Google account.  This can be done from http://reader.google.com, if you like.  Once you have a Google account, you can log in to Google Reader at the same URL (http://reader.google.com).  On the left column there is a big link to “Add Subscription”.  In the box that opens up, you will enter the address of my feed (or broadcast) which is, https://jgrantmarshall.wordpress.com/feed/ and then press the “Add” button.  Congratulations, you are now subscribed and you will now know immediately whenever I update my blog!  If you are interested, you may also subscribe to the RSS feed for my Flickr pictures using this address: http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=11763979@N00&lang=en-us&format=atom .  When adding subscriptions from within Google Reader, there is also a “Browse” button that should allow you to see some other popular feeds from sources such as CNN, Reuters, BBC and other news sources that you like.

OK, so that is cool, right, but it still requires going to an extra page.  So, here is where the true magic of Google comes in… Set your internet start page to iGoogle and add the Google Reader module to your iGoogle page.  Now, everytime you fire up your browser you have all the latest news that interests you (and updates from me) right in front of your eyeballs!

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  1. […] How-To: RSS Posted by: jgrantmarshall | 3rd Nov, 2007 […]

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