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How do I read RSS Feeds? February 3, 2006

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If you want to collect and browse feeds you have many choices, but there are two primary categories of feed reading applications: installable desktop programs and online services. There are many desktop applications for Windows and Mac OS system users, but two of our favorites are FeedDemon (Windows) and NetNewsWire (Mac OS X). Both require a small purchase price but are tops for ease of use and ship with dozens of feeds pre-loaded so you can explore the syndication “universe” right away. Free readers are available as well; a search for “RSS Reader” at popular search sites will yield many results.If you would prefer to use an online service to track and manage your feeds, you have the advantage of being able to access your feed updates anywhere you use a web browser (and in some cases, on mobile devices). Also, any upgrades or new features are added automatically. The trade-off comes in different (some would say fewer) features and slightly slower performance versus desktop systems. NewsGator, Bloglines, and new RSS content capabilities in My Yahoo! are probably the three best-known examples of web-based feed reading services.

FeedBurner – About Feed Syndication

 

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What is RSS? February 3, 2006

Posted by brandon in blog, rss.
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“RSS” stands for Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, and/or Rockdale, Sandow, and Southern (Railroad) (if you trust the good folks at AcronymFinder.com). Really Simple Syndication is probably the most widely agreed-upon choice. As far as we are concerned, all three acronyms do an inadequate job of describing what RSS actually is: RSS is a standard for publishing regular updates to web-based content. Using this standard, Web publishers provide updates, such as the latest news headlines or weblog postings. Meanwhile, consumers use RSS reader applications (or one of a growing number of online services) to collect and monitor their favorite feeds in one place (RSS content from a publisher, viewed in one of these readers, is often called a “feed”).

FeedBurner – About Feed Syndication


what’s a blog??!? January 3, 2006

Posted by brandon in blog, rss.
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a blog is a website that serves as an online journal for an individual or group of contributors. topics for a blog could be almost anything… personal information, politics, business or marketing information, etc.

blog “entries” are “posted” to a blog and could include the author’s commentaries, news, images, or links to other information.
the term “blog” originally comes from weB LOG. someone who maintains one of these sites is referred to as a “blogger” and the act of maintaining a site is called “blogging.”