Saturday, May 10, 2008

RSS Feeds (A Post from Sweetie)

Written 9 May, 2008

RSS Feeds (A Post from Sweetie)

This is a test....

We now pause to provide you with a critical tech tip announcement from Sweetie!

Like our blog? Love our blog? Do you get the shakes like Sweetie when you
think you might miss even a single brilliant new entry?

Why not subscribe.. For free! No need to give us any information. The
site is set up for RSS feeds!

RSS, if you have never tried it (don't be like our one and only Chey (GASP!), is a simple way to keep up-to-date with news.

RSS is the abbreviation for Really Simple Syndication. It's a notification system used to alert subscribers to changes made to their favorite web sites, blogs, music, or news sites.

It's easy to discern an RSS-enabled site because somewhere on the page will be an orange rectangular button labeled with either RSS or XML.

You need three things to use RSS:

1. A website set up to sent out RSS info.

2. You have to click the button and subscribe.

3. You have to have an RSS Reader.

This blog is set up for RSS, so no problem there. Somewhere on your
browser screen, you'll see one of the many RSS symbols (I have given
examples in the picture at the head of this post).

Click the symbol and confirm you want to subscribe. Step 2 is done!

Finding an RSS reader these days is simple as can be. In fact, you
probably already have one, you just don't know it.

All the major internet browsers, Internet Explorer 7, Safari and
Firefox (Sweetie's personal favorite because it has tabs and her cool
"old factory" skin) and Opera (Chey's favorite because she favors the underdog) have a reader built in. As soon as you subscribe
you get a "live" bookmark.

As depicted in the picture of Sweetie's browser above, the bookmark tracks all the latest titles as separate links that take her straight to that blog entry.

Don't have one of the major browsers? There are also web-based RSS
readers. Google offers a free reader that can track and organize
multiple subscriptions. But web- based readers don't burden your system
with another program like some-stand alone RSS programs used to, and
you can check it from any computer.

So go ahead! Subscribe and never miss a moment in the adventures of Sweetie!

(Chey clears her throat loudly)

Or any of the brilliant writing shared with us by the one and only
master muse, our hostess and bard of the blogosphere, Cheyenne

Woo Hoooooooooo!

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