It’s been a while since I did a post like this but after Valiastice asked what a RSS feed is, I figure I do something I haven’t done in a while: educate.In this post, I will explain what a RSS feed is, what YOU can do with them AND how to use them.
What is a RSS Feed?
Let’s start with what is an RSS feed is. A Rss (also known as Really Simple Syndication) is a form of a web feed that publish frequently updated works such as blogs, news stories, video and audio in a standardized format. It’s basically a link that allows for new and old post to be collected in one place. If you want to keep tabs of websites that throw out news stories or music and don’t want to keep going to the website to look for stuff, you use RSS.
Where and How to use RSS
Now that you know what a RSS feed is, it’s time to use one. While there are a lot of apps for Windows, OS X, Linux, IOS and Android that can use RSS (called Feed Readers), this tutorial will be using the universal Google Reader. IF you don’t have a google account, go get you one because it is free. Let’s get started!
STEP 1 – Go to your website of choice and copy the url of the feed you want
This step is easy. You will want to find the symbol of RSS which is a orange square with waves going outward.
You can copy it by right-clicking the link and going to ‘copy link’ in the pop up menu.
Step 2 – Go to Google Reader
Next easy step is to head to the Reader website.
Step 3 – Paste The link
Almost home free. Take the link that you copied from Step One and click the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left. A box will pop up asking for your link. Place the link in the box and click ‘add’.
If you did everything correctly, the next page they show you will look like this:
Now that you know how to use it, you can grab all the websites you want and check on them without heading there. NOW GO SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST!